Maryvale Cricket Club president Michael Bourke points out the burnt patch on the cricket wicket at Maryvale.
Maryvale Cricket Club president Michael Bourke points out the burnt patch on the cricket wicket at Maryvale. Gerard Walsh

SHEER STUPIDITY: Someone burns hole in cricket pitch

MARYVALE residents have been asked to keep an eye on the cricket ground in the village after the pitch was damaged by fire.

The fire was 8m from the wickets on the southern end of the ground so games at Maryvale during the Australia Day Carnival went ahead but with every over bowled from the southern end. Batting at the northern end meant there was 12m good synthetic pitch in front of the stumps.

Maryvale Cricket Club president Michael Bourke said the synthetic pitch was laid on the concrete wicket five years ago at a cost of $2200.

"No one complained about bowling from just one end but the bowlers were doing the right thing and not bowling short near the burnt area," he said.

"If a ball hit the burnt area, it was a dead ball. I ask residents to keep an eye on the cricket ground."

The last game in the leadup to the carnival at Maryvale was in mid 2017 so no one is certain when the pitch was burnt. The damage is not apparent from the road.

David Staines from Jimboomba was umpiring at Maryvale on Friday and was delighted to be at a ground next to where his father-in-law George Jackson went to school.

"It is frustrating we have people in society these day who would do something like this (burn hole in pitch)," he said.

The Maryvale cricket ground is not just about cricket. Some years ago, a charity match was held on the ground followed by a dinner in the nearby hall which raised $11,500 to help young Maryvale boy Angus Bowles receive life-changing surgery in America.

Australian wicketkeeper of the century Ian Healy and former Australian coach John Buchanan have both played in charity games at Maryvale.



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