Islington 6 a side Cancelled
Tue 04-Jun-2002 
 

Unfortunately, the 2nd Annual Islington 6-a-side Cricket Tournament for sides based in the borough scheduled for Jubilee Bank Holiday has had to be cancelled.

The prime mover at Islington Greenspace , John Bull, is on long term sick & the borough have been reluctant to nominate a successor - Pacific CC secretary Peter Hollman said " I am very disappointed that it is necessary to cancel the event following its' success last year (when Washington beat Pacific in the final). My recent dealings with Greenspace have been nothing but disappointing so I am not surprised". No work has been done on the upkeep, ie. marking lines, cutting grass, fixing the showers since the season started in April & this after just 1 year when 100,000 was spent on the venue. "I don't how much longer teams are prepared to come to Wray Crescent as it is felt that there is a lack of support.

Other Victoria Park Community Cricket League teams who have played there are uncomfortable & consensus is that matches will revert back to their original home. This is a shame as the pitch is good & the venue suitable & it looks like the opportunity to broaden the base for the league will diminish."

Meanwhile, Pacific will now be playing their 1st round Middlesex Federation Cup match against Harrow St Mary on this day instead - a match which they have had to concede home advantage to for all the above reasons !

This is from the official organiser's circular Harrow St Mary's CC and Pacific CC from Upper Holloway. The tie is a first for a number of reasons -
1) Both clubs have never played in the competition before.
2) This is the first tie in 10 years where home advantage has been given away - Pacific chose to play at Harrow.
3) And finally, because Pacific have no Colts section of their own they have elected to play for Stoke Newington Colts who plays at their Wray Crescent ground N4.

Further information:
Marilyn Hull
Director of Administration
The Federation of Middlesex Sports