NOT AGAIN: Jeff Hackett, left, and John Holmes lament yet another bout of vandalism on the Ellem Oval pitch after Wednesday?s h
NOT AGAIN: Jeff Hackett, left, and John Holmes lament yet another bout of vandalism on the Ellem Oval pitch after Wednesday?s h

Vandals target Ellem Oval

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

VANDALS have again attacked the cricket pitch at Grafton's Ellem Oval.

Clarence River Cricket Association president Jeff Hackett said both wickets were vandalised sometime between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday.

"They have used their heels or bare feet to dig deep gouges into both wickets," Hackett said. "Some of the holes were four to six inches deep and the damage was on a good length.

"They obviously knew what they were doing."

Hackett said the latest attack was extremely disappointing given, it appears, the culprits had a knowledge of cricket, and it happened in daylight hours.

"I just can't understand the mentality," Hackett said. "Everything has been all right lately, now this.

"They got stuck into the wickets at the tennis court end of the ground."

Hackett said groundsman John Holmes had worked overtime to enable a wicket to be prepared for the round five first grade match between GI Hotel TucabiaCopmanhurst and Brothers Post Office Hotel.

Due to the wet weather, a ground inspection will be carried out this morning to determine if play can commence.



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