Tuesday, January 11, 2005

End of an era for 'Tree inside Cricket field'

Just thought i'd make a short post about this piece of cricketing folk-lore -

End of innings for cricket tree
see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4160973.stm
A famous lime tree inside the boundary of Canterbury's cricket ground has been a victim of the weekend's high winds.

The tree, more than 200 years old, has been a landmark at the St Lawrence Ground - home of Kent County Cricket Club - since it opened. It had been in ill health for a few years and was broken in half by a strong gust of wind on Friday night. The club hopes to replace the tree with a new one and pieces of the dead tree may be sold off to fans.

The ground opened in 1847 - built around the tree - and while it is not unique in having a tree inside the boundary, it is the most famous. If the ball hits the tree it counts as four runs. The demise of the tree was discovered on Saturday morning when staff arrived at the ground to find a 7ft stump.

Club chief executive Paul Millman said: "It's been in intensive care for several years and we planted a substitute about four years ago in anticipation of this sad day." Mr Millman said the club would remove the stump and would discuss whether to replace the tree or not.

I'm a bit dissapointed as i'd always wanted to see it standing in the field! I just thought my cricket fan mates back home would be interested in this tragic event..


On the web: I had heard about this record store before getting to London, but never knew where it was until I saw a segment of a BBC lifestyle show last night - see http://www.roughtrade.com/ - this store has a reputation for picking winners well before mainstream listener even knows the artist exists.. i must check it out.


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