HARROGATE Council have allowed players use a cricket ground in the town as long as they don’t hit sixes.
This compromise is intended to protect local home owners within range of Harrogate CC’s second ground at St George’s Road. Batsmen will be deemed dismissed if they break the rule — not even six and out.
The Council’s decision follows from meetings with residents and it forms part of the club’s insurance conditions for mandatory £5 million cover. The distance from the wickets to the boundary will be restricted to the smallest distance allowed by the English Cricket Board and the club must erect temporary protective nets 20 metres wide and seven metres high before each game, as recommended by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Harrogate Cricket Club chairman Miles Rawlings said the ruling did not frustrate the players in the third and fourth teams in the Nidderdale League. He said: “As long as everyone knows the rules at the start of the game, you just play to the rules. Most of the neighbours are very supportive of the club, but we have the odd person who complains.”
He added: “Very few of the new houses on Hutton Gate and Verity Walk get hit and only a few balls get hit into the gardens of the homes in Leadhall Drive. Most of them just throw the balls straight back, but some of the residents – the ones who have concerns – keep them. We hope the new nets will solve the problem.”