Cricket towns

Gideon Haigh’s evocative article (“Pitch perfect at last”, 26-27/12) illustrates not just how a field of green encircled by a bright, white picket fence can resurrect a game of cricket or beautify a town like Euroa, but unite its people. It is shameful that Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia provided no funding for the Friendlies ground, leaving it to various individuals’ dedication and determination to raise the necessary finance.