Dear Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association Executive,
Orange District Junior Cricket Association would like express sincere gratitude for your extremelygenerous support of junior cricket in Orange, NSW by way of your donation of $3,228.73.This cricket season has been a difficult one in terms of conditions, with the drought becomingsevere and level 5 water restrictions in place in Orange all season.
Orange is very fortunate to have 9 turf wickets, and we pride ourselves on getting our juniorsexposure on turf wickets at a young age because of this. Our rep teams play on turf from U12’sand we also try to have U14 club and above played on turf wickets. This season more than everhas highlighted difficulties with our climate and wicket preparation. We have struggles every yearbut the dryness has made it much worse.
Our nights generally stay quite cold well into November, so the grass on our wickets stays dormantfor a long time. It is very hard for the ground staff to get good grass coverage on our wickets muchbefore the Christmas break. A lack of grass cover, coupled with dry conditions has seen ourwickets crumble and break-up badly this season.
In conjunction with Orange City Council, Orange District Junior Cricket Association is proud to beable to, with the help of Manly Warringah Junior Cricket purchase growth mats for several turfwicket squares, so that they can be used early in the season preparations next season to combatour cool nights and help promote good grass coverage earlier, which will make for better wicketsthroughout and especially at the back end of the season.
This will directly allow us to get more juniors exposure on turf. Instead of having to rest wholesquares for weeks to recover, a good grass cover early will allow quicker recovery times and moreflexibility with pitch rotations by ground staff. If conditions continue to be dry, the grass coverage iskey to being able to hold the wicket together.
From everyone involved in Orange Junior Cricket, I whole heartedly thank Manly Warringah JuniorCricket for their very generous support and look forward to being able to welcome you to Orange atsome stage in the near future to play on our well grassed turf wickets.