Cricket: Bute lotto grant hits perfect pitch

Bute County Cricket Club has bought a new artificial pitch with a �3,000 lottery award from SportScotland. (Pic by David Swan and reproduced with permission - more at www.flickr.com/groups/butesport)
Bute County Cricket Club has bought a new artificial pitch with a �3,000 lottery award from SportScotland. (Pic by David Swan and reproduced with permission - more at www.flickr.com/groups/butesport)

Bute County Cricket Club is to become the first team in the sport’s west of Scotland league set-up to pilot a new artificial pitch for their matches.

The club has bought a new Flicx pitch with a £3,000 SportScotland lottery grant, awarded last month.

The club, part of the Western District Cricket Union, had originally applied for a £4,500 grant award, but received a £1,500 discount on the cost of the new pitch as a result of being a member of the Rothesay community sport hub.

Alan Peacock from Bute County Cricket Club told a meeting of the sport hub on Monday: “We can use the new pitch anywhere we want - you could put it down on a car park and play a game.

“We’ve spoken to our league’s organisers and they’ve said they’re willing to use us as a ‘guinea pig’ - if we get one game played on this pitch which wouldn’t have been played otherwise, they’re willing to roll out the idea across the league.”

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