That was wheelie stupid
By STEVE SPINKS
RAIN prevented any play in all five Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket matches on Saturday, but it didn't keep some vandals off the Kingsford Smith South cricket pitch at Ballina on Friday night.
Members of the Tintenbar-East Ballina Cricket Club turned up to inspect the field on Saturday morning only to find that a car had done some circle work overnight and damaged the square.
While the damage is only superficial, it still means extra work this week to ensure the pitch is up to scratch for this Saturday when the 'Bar plays a one-dayer against Lismore Workers.
"It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Tintenbar-East Ballina treasurer and first-grade player Don Hogden said.
"We only laid the turf down here (on the pitch) not long ago (2003-04).
"This pitch is second to none in the district and it's such a credit to Ballina and to Duncan (Elphick, the curator).
"Duncan does such a good job and it just makes extra work for him."
The vandals drove through one of two service openings to the ground.
"We had something similar happen a few years ago," Hogden said.
"Except they did the work on the field and not on the pitch.
"If they (the vandals) want to get on the field, there's not much to stop them."
As with most vandalism, Hogden said the most galling aspect of the damage was its senselessness.