Cricket club hit for six

A cricket club in Norfolk says it has been evicted after refusing to abide by new council rules banning players from practising with hard cricket balls.

Parish Council plays hard-ball with cricket club

A Norfolk village cricket club has been asked to leave its ground after a disagreement with its Parish Council.

The Bacton club has been in the village for 79 years, but the Parish Council says it's repeatedly failed to comply with regulations.

Development Manager for the Norfolk Cricket Board, Keiron Tuck, says they are working with the Bacton club to find other venues for the rest of the season.

Cricket council claims it's been "misrepresented'

Bacton Parish Council in Norfolk says it has been misrepresented after the village cricket club said it had been evicted in a row over practising with a hard cricket ball.

In a statement on its website the council says it has not banned fielding and wicket keeping practice.

There is no restriction on using a cricket ball in matches or other types of cricket practice."

– Bacton Parish Council

The statement continues: "The problems with the cricket club are of a completely different nature and have little to do with health and safety but everything to do with the failure of the club to co-operate with the parish council over a number of matters."

Click here to read the full statement

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Cricket club hit for six over health and safety

Bacton Cricket Club in Norfolk says it’s been banned from its home ground after refusing to stop using hard balls when practising on the pitch.

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Cricket ball safety fears have prompted the row Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The parish council says new rules are being enforced to protect people after some near misses on the public field.

Now the club is set to relocate to North Walsham after 37 years at the Cubitt Memorial Playing Field.