The Groundsman

December 2013

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TECHNICAL UPDATE 23 the Groundsman December 2013 Threlkeld CC - before the flood © Michael Webster Recovering from floods in cricket paradise Iain James talks us through the post-flood clean-up operation at Threlkeld Cricket Club and highlights the club supporter's innovative fund-raising idea By: Iain James nce voted runner up in the Wisden Beautiful Ground competition and nestled at the foot of Blencathra in the Lake District National Park, Threlkeld Cricket Club is a fabulous place to play cricket. However, in June 2012, heavy rainfall caused a culvert to overflow, carrying floodwater and sediment over the outfield and square. To understand the scale and ferocity of the flood – just search 'Threlkeld Flooding' on YouTube and you will see a scene of cricketing devastation. After the flood waters receded, a quarter of the ground was left under a heavy blanket of sediment, leaving the ground unplayable and the club looking elsewhere to fulfil its fixtures. Getting the ground fit to play again was the priority and the club approached the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for help. While any flood clean-up is a challenge, there was a suspicion that the sediment could be contaminated with tailings from the disused lead mine that lies upstream of the ground. O During the flood as the culvert overspilled. © David Jackson t After the flood – the sediment left on the square and outfield. © David Jackson Visit for more information and digital editions

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