Cricket’s big weekend

There wasn’t even a bowl bowled on the weekend but it was a massive couple of days for Boorowa cricket ahead of the 2017/18 season for both the Junior and Seniors teams.

Early in the week, the seniors held a meeting to get the ball rolling and confirm they will again be fielding two teams, the Gators and the Crocs for the upcoming season in the Yass District competition.

More details will follow at the Yass delegates meeting this week.

Last Saturday saw cricketing royalty come to town when former Test player Doug Walters entertained the crowd at the Courthouse Hotel with an outstanding talk on all things past and present in Australian Cricket.

The veteran of 74 tests and one of the top batsmen in the country during a first class career spanning three decades, Doug also talked about some of his more hilarious moments and times on tour.

Doug thoroughly entertained the crowd and spent a lot of time talking to patrons one on one.

He is a true character of Australian sport.

Then it was on to Sunday when a small band of volunteers dismantled the cricket pitch at the recreation ground in preparation for a new and improved wicket.

Milton Reid of Kanga Hardware did a sensational job making light work of the old pitch that had been in place for a number of decades.

The preparation work was done and expectations of a new beginning were high.

On Monday, work on laying the new pitch began early with Shane Cross and his Cross build team boxing and preparing the new area with the help of a few amateurs.

Around mid-morning, Russ Gorham made the all-important concrete delivery and the pouring began.

Meanwhile the council team was hard at it removing the old material and had the job done in super quick time.

As the day wore on, Shane and team molded the pitch into a masterpiece and as the sun set and a well-earned beer was cracked, the work was complete.

At the time of going to press, work on the surrounding areas was being completed and the new synthetic will be laid in coming days.

It is also expected that synthetic will be laid on the two practice wickets at St. Josephs School which will enhance the training facility for the school, Boorowa Juniors and the senior teams.

It’s a huge boost for local cricket with the first games just weeks away.

Once again many thanks to those previously mentioned in his article and to anyone missed, please accept this as our personal thanks.

Stayed tuned for an awesome 2017/18 summer of cricket.