Torquay Cricket Club keeping up with maintenance of ‘squares’

Ian Western has plenty of room to work on the square at Torquay CC's Recreation Ground

Ian Western has plenty of room to work on the square at Torquay CC's Recreation Ground - Credit: Archant

With no prospect of leather on willow for months to come, there might seem little point in tending to cricket club 'squares'.

Ian Western mowing the grass at Torquay Cricket Club in the hope there may be play this summer

Ian Western mowing the grass at Torquay Cricket Club in the hope there may be play this summer - Credit: Archant

But, like many groundsmen, Torquay CC's Ian Western is still preparing for the day when umpires will still say 'play!' for the first time in 2020.

Western says: 'If we had a date when we knew we could start playing, that would be a lot easier. We know that's not possible, so the season could be at least ten weeks away, and maybe not even then.

'We have checked with the authorities, to make sure it's OK for us to come down and work on the ground. It needs cutting at least two days a week, so I tend to do one day and my colleague Rob Dickinson does one. If we just left it, we would't have a square at all. We're all desperate to play cricket this summer, but the virus is so serious that I would rather go an extra month before we start, just to be on the safe side.'