There can be disappointments out on the road searching for scoreboards… digital scoreboards, blank scoreboards, boring scoreboards and, worst of all, no scoreboard at all.
But out in the bush there’s a constant even at places long vacated by sportspeople. Players in the country played/play cricket in all sorts of conditions from beautifully prepared turf pitches and plush green ovals to concrete pitches covered in malthoid or matting or green synthetic ‘turf” along with glassless outfields. When the players leave for ever the pitches stay and like ancient Roman ruins they’ll remain for a long long time – desolate and defiant. With our eyes newly opened we’ve noticed turf pitches can be abandoned too but they don’t disappear.
And so we’ve moved onto Instagram with the focus on abandoned cricket pitches. If you see one on your travels take a photo and send it to us.