DAYS GONE BY: Johnston’s pitch in its glory days when the Nashua Cricket Club was at its prime
DAYS GONE BY: Johnston’s pitch in its glory days when the Nashua Cricket Club was at its prime

Nashua goes on front foot

THE pitch has been dusted off, bats have been oiled, and the pads are about to come out for the annual Nashua Community Cricket Day.

It’s the event on Nashua’s community calendar and will be held on ‘Johnston’s pitch’, which is on Ken and Pauline Trimble’s property, this Sunday.

The two teams competing for the perpetual trophy – Trimble-James versus Savins-Taylor – have taken the names of some of the families that have farmed in Nashua for more than 100 years.

The Trimble-James team will be captained by Ken Trimble and his son, Paul, while the Savins-Taylor team will have 76-year-old Ray Savins at the helm, along with Brian Nash.

Anyone wishing to play in the cricket match is invited to turn up on the day and register their interest before teams are finalised at about 11am.

"Last year we had 11 players on one team and 13 on the other," one of the event organisers, Jacinta Lithgow, said.

"Fortunately the team that had 13 lost, so it all evened out."

The rules are fairly loose, with an emphasis on fun, but one restriction is that if a batsman reaches 10, they have to retire.

Preparations are in full swing for Sunday’s game. The concrete pitch, which is believed to have only been re-laid once since Nashua Cricket Club’s formation in 1907, has been spruced up.

In addition a turf cricket pitch for the kids’ game has been mowed and the clean-up has unearthed a few other hidden treasures, according to Lithgow.

"We found the remains of a cement shed which was used for boiling the billy. We found the initials for Nashua Cricket Club set into the concrete," she said.

Ray Savins has vowed to play in the match, as he did last year, but won’t be using the ‘Shaw and Shrewsbury’ historic bat that belonged to his grandfather, William, and is believed to be about 100 years old.

But the bat will go on display, along with a number of other historic items.


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