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IT‟S A BUGS LIFE FOR CRICKET CLUB


A


n infestation of bugs attacking Langleybury Cricket Club‘s pitch is causing a headache for


the Parish Council and the sporting group‘s committee. The bugs have caused damage to the outfield of


the club‘s Hunton Bridge ground and the pitch next door at St Paul‘s School. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) owns the school pitch but says it is not a priority for it to be treated. The insects causing the problem are called


Chafer Grubs. They attack grass roots and attract badgers and birds which cause damage by trying to dig the grubs up to eat. Both pitches are used by hundreds of cricketers from the club and the school during the season. The battle to beat the bugs is under way but is


proving a tough one. The Langleybury CC pitch has already been sprayed once but funding needs to be found to treat the St Paul‘s field. A spokesman for the cricket club said: ―The


Chafer grubs have caused problems in the broader area for a while now. The Parish Council has been very supportive and it was their groundsman who diagnosed the problem. The matter is complicated slightly in that Herts


The pitch at Langleybury Cricket Club was infested with bugs.


County Council is responsible for the school‘s playing field. We‘re hoping they will pay to treat their side of the field and we can get rid of the bugs on both pitches once and for all.‖ Cricket fan and Parish Councillor Jane Lay


said: ―We‘ve already treated the field with chemicals and are aiming to do it again once the weather improves. We are working with the county council to rectify the situation. We hope they will find money to spray their pitch with the chemicals needed to kill off the bugs.‖ The news coming out of Hertfordshire County


Council was far less optimistic. A spokeswoman said: ―This is a huge area of rural land owned by HCC with the school on it. A parcel of land is leased to the Cricket Club. The headteacher has insufficient funds to undertake the decontamination requested by the Parish Council and the Cricket Club. HCC has also reviewed the budgets held centrally by the Property and Technology Dept and again have had to advise that in the current financial climate ground works of this nature are not deemed a priority at this time.‖


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