Wanneroo’s new Kingsway pitches a feat of clay

Jack Cattrall in action for Wanneroo.
Jack Cattrall in action for Wanneroo.

WANNEROO will christen its new pitches at Kingsway on Saturday against arch rival Joondalup.

Preparation of the wickets was delayed because of the late arrival of clay and the Roos have had to play away from home for the first games of the season.

The local WACA first- grade derby will double as the official opening of the pitches and the refurbished ovals.

Club committeeman Craig Nylander said rain also delayed the turf growth.

“The City of Wanneroo have been an incredible partner of the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club and couldn’t have been more helpful,” he said. “At the end of this season they are also refurbishing and extending our practice nets.

“Turfcare WA won the tender and our ground curator Vin Clarke has done an amazing job cultivating our new decks.

“The WACA has also been very helpful assisting us to find temporary grounds for the first six weeks of the season.

“It has been quite a challenging time for the committee, coaches, players and supporters. However we know this short-term pain is going to deliver us the best cricket surface in WA.”

Wanneroo’s Chris Quelch will be hoping to hit the new pitch hard this Saturday.

The club is welcoming special guests and life members.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts will officially open the new playing facilities. WACA chief executive Christina Matthews will attend.

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