Newport Cricket Club would like to purchase a new heavy roller to assist with the preparation of Cricket wickets at the Club's ground. The current heavy roller is 23 years old and has been patched up with 3 replacement engines during it's lifetime. The last 2 years have seen significant deterioration and the 2021 season was very difficult, with the roller's reliability becoming more erratic as the season progressed. The roller eventually came to a standstill in September, thankfully, just two weeks before the Cricket season finished - we just about saved any embarrassment! Unfortunately, the current roller is in a state of bad repair and mechanics have recommended that a new roller is now needed after diagnosing engine failure, faults in the hydraulic system and several oil, diesel and hydraulic oil leaks.
A heavy roller is the single most important piece of equipment needed on a Cricket ground in order to prepare the playing wicket and 'square'. Without a reliable motorised heavy roller, it's impossible to prepare a good playing wicket, with a lack of preparation resulting in inconsistent bounce and even a dangerous playing surface. With a poor playing surface, there can be no meaningful Cricket played.
Newport Cricket Club runs 4 senior men's teams and 8 Junior Boys teams (U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, U19). The Club also has a fantastic Women and Girls section, which has expanded hugely in recent years catering for Women's Hardball and Softball teams, together with 3 Girls teams (U11, U13 & U15). All of the club's teams use the grass wickets at the ground, so the demands on the ground are very high making the purchase of a new reliable heavy roller essential.
In addition to Newport Cricket Club matches, many other high profile matches are played at the Club - Glamorgan CCC (1sts & 2nds), Wales National Counties, Wales Women & Girls teams, Wales age group teams and Cardiff UCCE. In addition the club host the annual Wales v England Disability matches, with matches played at various categories. Both Welsh Fire Men's and Women's teams used the ground for training during The Hundred match programme in 2021.
All of the Club's user groups require a very well prepared playing surface, so a new roller is vital for the 2022 Cricket season and we hope that you can support our Crowdfunder appeal.