Three new hybrid pitches have been added to Gladys Elphick Park/Narnungga (Park 25) to maximise usage and benefit elite and community cricket teams in South Australia.
Recently introduced at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, SA is now just the second State in Australia to utilise SISGrass technology, which is 95 per cent natural grass, and five per cent synthetic.
These hybrid pitches, already used at a number of England venues including Lord’s and Old Trafford, offer increased pitch stability and reduced wear, which help with a shorter wicket turnaround time and extended hours of play.
They will be available on the centre-wicket of Oval 1 behind the Karen Rolton Oval facility, as well as two practice wickets in the training nets in a partnership with Cricket Australia.
Former player and SACA Grounds Manager, Trent Kelly emphasised the importance of hybrid pitch installation.
“We are delighted to soon be able to use our new pitches to help the ground staff and our teams prepare for a big summer of cricket ahead,” Kelly said.
“These new wickets will add to the Karen Rolton Oval facility immensely, and we are all very excited to see the results for all cricketers throughout the State.”
The pitches, suited to short-form cricket, are expected to be functional during the domestic season for both the West End Redbacks and Statewide Super SA Scorpions.