Lismore cricketers ask: What do we get for $40,000 a year?
By PAUL ATTEWELL firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTHS cricket captain Richard Nind is furious that a match between two of Lismore's leading first-grade teams was 'ruined' by what he says was a poorly prepared pitch.
Easts (163) defeated Souths (111) on Saturday at Nielson Park, East Lismore, which the Eastern Districts club has adopted as its home ground.
"It's a joke," Nind said.
"Easts have tried their best to prepare a decent wicket, but they've been hamstrung by council regulations.
"The wicket was watered by the council groundsman on Friday, then on Saturday it was soft ? soft after a week of dry weather.
"It needs time under a heavy roller and a proper preparation.
"This isn't sour grapes.
"If Daniel Rowlands (from Easts) hadn't rolled the wicket before the first day of the game, we wouldn't have even got on, but when he tried to work on it for the second week he was told he couldn't.
"Last season Lennox Head were dudded in a semi-final against us at Oakes Oval ? we were assured it wouldn't happen again.
"The wickets in Lismore used to be hard and fast ? they were the envy of other associations on the Far North Coast and throughout NSW Country.
"With the amount of money clubs pay to the Lismore City Council in ground fees (the LDCA pays more than $40,000 a year), something needs to be done."
"It's bloody ridiculous."
Norths-Goonellabah RSL captain Adam Osborne agrees with Nind.
"When I covered the wicket at Nesbitt Park on Friday about 5.30pm, it was dry," he said. "When we turned up on Saturday, it was damp.
"The wickets just need more work. They need a more thorough preparation and more rolling."