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Safety net and warning signs needed at 200-year-old cricket club

21st November 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A 200-year-old cricket club could face eviction unless it pays £50,000 for a safety net and warning signs to protect people from being hit by balls.

Lymington Cricket Club, which is one of the world's oldest cricket clubs, was told at a council meeting that it would have to improve its health and safety, despite no record of anyone ever being hit.

"The plain and frightening reality is cricket balls have been landing at great speed a matter of inches from unsuspecting people," said councillor Penny Jackman, before she was reportedly heard to say "oh let's just shut the buggers down".

She passed her comment off as a joke when challenged by one cricket club member, and its fate will be decided when the town council votes on the committee's recommendation on November 30th.

In 2009, mother Rita Rana took legal action against four boys' cricket teams after she was allegedly hit on the back of the head at an indoor cricket tournament in north east London.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801216288-ADNFCR

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