Nashua's day in the sun
LESS cow pats and some longer boundaries are likely to be some of the improvements for Nashua's annual community cricket event this Sunday.
The pitch and its outfield are once again being carved out of a cow paddock on Ken Trimble's property.
The concrete pitch will be covered in hessian and the outfield has been mown to a perfect level that should give the batsmen full value for their shots.
But this year the boundary markings may be pushed a little further back to make it a little harder for the batters to hit the ball for six before retiring at the required 15 runs.
Once again the teams will be divvied up under team captains, including the non-playing - Ken Trimble - and the playing - Ray Savin.
And they will combine the four families that are most well-known in cricketing circles in Nashua - the Trimble-James team and the Savin-Taylor team.
The event has become so popular amongst Nashua's sports-mad community that the teams will be split into A and B sides this year with the winner to be decided by combining the scores.
But there's also the social side of the event, which includes a picnic to be held under the huge fig tree on the property, fresh cakes and locally grown coffee on the menu.
According to one of the many organisers behind the event, Brian Nash, the grounds are looking 'fantastic'.
“Gary Savin has slashed and mowed what is a pretty good looking pitch and outfield this year,” Nash said.
“There will be a few less cow pats because it has been pretty closely mown and probably the boundaries will be lengthened so that it will be a little harder to hit a six.”
Elders has sponsored a prize for the batsmen who can hit a target that will be suspended from a light pole.
In addition, there will an egg-and-spoon race and the day will culminate with the perpetual shield being handed out to the winning team.
As well as a cricketing event, it's also a reunion, with five members of the Nashua Primary School's class of 1939 returning for the match including 82-year-old Clyde Rankin of Sydney.
The action gets underway from about 11am.“ There will be a few less cow pats because it's been closely mowed ”