Council News Release
Wed 02-Mar-2011 
 

Islington Council PR 4355 01/03/2011 [For Immediate Release]

Cricket is saved at the last pitch in Islington

Islington Council is taking action to make sure play can continue at the borough's last cricket pitch.

Steps have been agreed to limit cricket balls leaving the popular ground at Wray Crescent.

Cricket had been temporarily suspended at the site following advice after a successful claim against the council for damage caused to a car by a cricket ball.

Netting will be added to the existing boundary fence to make it more secure and cut the chances of balls escaping.

Work will take place before the new season in April and the situation will be monitored to see if further measures are needed.

Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council, said: "We're big supporters of cricket and have made sure it can stay at Wray Crescent, which is greatly loved.

"Despite the huge pressure we face on budgets because of the Government's cuts, we're determined to protect Islington's last cricket pitch.

"We'll keep a close eye on the situation to make sure it's working and that the sound of ball on willow continues in Islington for years to come."

Cricket has been played at Wray Crescent for more than 20 years and is used by formal and informal teams, and for coaching of young players.