New wicket installed at Rochester Secondary

By Brayden May

ROCHESTER Cricket Club has taken a major step towards better playing conditions following the replacement of the wicket at Rochester Secondary School.

In recent weeks, works were completed to replace the old carpet at the school with new material which has allowed for the pitch to be widened.

The ground is primarily used by the club's C grade, under 12s, under 14s and youth girls side while it serves as back up to the under 16s and other Goulburn Murray Cricket matches.

Club president Brendan Martin said the new wicket had been in the pipeline for several years.

“There had been prior discussions between Rochester United and Tigers before the two clubs merged but it never came to fruition,” he said.

“We're really glad that we've been able to get this project together because it makes the ground more user friendly not just for us but the school as well.

“The new carpet and grass which has been installed around the run ins make for a much more comfortable cricketing experience.

“The club is really pleased with the final product that has been produced.”

And already Martin said there has already been obvious results with the changes.

“Players have said there is a bit of movement with the new ball,” he said.

“But we expect that to slow down as the carpet on the pitch gets older.

“There haven't been too many games played yet so it will be interesting to see how it plays in the coming rounds.”

Rochester Cricket Club would like to thank Rochester IGA, Rochester Floors, Coolabah Turf, Rochester Secondary School and Mundie Constructions for their help in putting the project together.