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Lima’s second pitch inaugurated

  Posted on: September 13th, 2009

It was like any other Sunday in Lima’s winter: grey, overcast and the humidity hanging like a damp sock. One big difference though: Lima now has a second cricket pitch. John Bell, Business and History teacher at Cambridge school has managed to coordinate the treacherous path that is school administrators, local municipalities, and aggregate suppliers. After attempts in various institutions, the PCA finally struck a rich seam at one of the Premier Anglo-Peruano institutions, namely Cambridge School, on the Southside of Lima. It is hoped that a third school’s cricket team will be created on the back of this initiative.Second Peruvian Cricket Pitch at Cambridge School

So the PCA turned up to try out the new facilities. Soon the familiar sounds of feet pounding in and the tock of bat on ball, cries of catch it, were all resounding in an unfamiliar part of Lima. The wicket plays true, it has to be said, constructed from differing layers of aggregate with a sandy base, layered with your finest Astroturf. The Eidgenossen Cricket Team now has a home. Highlights of the day: Miles ‘Strike Force One’ Buesst, smashing stumps into firewood at will; Chris Hodgson spicing up the Wicket Keepers look, and the phenomenal fielding drills the Llamas were being put through by the latest Aussie Import Coach, Blake Rutherford; plus all the other rigorous activities Peru are going through in order to be ready for the impending ICC Americas Division III Championship.

Thanks has to be given to the ICC who have helped in the funding of this project, and all those different people who at one point or another had to help out in design, supervision and construction.