Cricket: Future of ground in negotiation

Owmby bowler Sam Chapman bowls at the piucturesque Todmoor ground against Haxey 2nd in Saturday's cup match.
Owmby bowler Sam Chapman bowls at the piucturesque Todmoor ground against Haxey 2nd in Saturday's cup match.
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It is the most picturesque cricket ground in our area and fears are that it could be lost in the same way as the 9 hole golf course next door.

Owmby Cricket Club are however hopeful they will not be seeking a new ground at the end of the season.

The ground at Todmoor, Owmby by Spital, was sold earlier this year and in the past month Owmby Golf Club at the same site has closed.

Cricket Club chairman Mick Crow confirmed the new owner of the land is Simon Grantham of GBM Demolition and is optimistic the cricket ground will remain.

“The club is still negotiating at this stage and talking to the new owner,” said Mr Crow.

“Eventually there will be a conclusion to these negotiations and we hope to keep on playing.

“We are certainly here until the end of the season and the owner is being very co-operative.”

At the start of play last Saturday, Owmby were one of only four local teams left in the Lincolnshire League’s two cup competitions, most having fallen at the first hurdle early in the season, including both Market Rasen teams.

It proved a good day for Owmby as, despite their off field worries, they progressed to Round Three of the George Marshall Cup by defeating Haxey by six wickets.

Haxey were bowled out for 99, with Sam Atkin taking 4 for 13.

Owmby replied with 100 for 4 for their win.