Neighbour's safety fears over Taunton St Andrew's cricket pitch

Somerset County Gazette: The Wyvern Club - where the cricket season is becoming a worrying time for one neighbour. The Wyvern Club - where the cricket season is becoming a worrying time for one neighbour.

A HOME owner living next to a cricket pitch in Taunton fears someone could get seriously hurt if big-hitting batsmen continue to smash balls into neighbours’ gardens.

A spokesman said the club is aware of health and safety but you risk balls landing in your property if you decide to move in next to a sports ground.

Vernon Sear says, last season, six balls ended up in gardens in Taunton’s Calway Road, which overlooks the Wyvern Club, home to the Taunton St Andrew’s club.

Mr Sear, who moved in six years ago, said: “Someone’s going to get injured.

“There was a near-miss last summer when a bail hit a hand rail just four inches from a woman we were talking to – it would have caused a massive injury if it hit her.

“Balls came over six times last season and twice they broke windows.

“I’ve met a club official who thinks they’ve done enough risk assessment.

“They’ve got a net that’s meant to stop balls coming over, but it’s only eight feet high – I’ve suggested they raise it to 14ft.”

St Andrew’s chairman Richard Brice said the club is looking into possibly putting a higher net along the boundary of the Somerset County Council-owned ground to try to stop players slogging balls into the gardens.

“Around 10,000 balls were bowled from that end last season – only six ended up in the gardens,” said Mr Brice.

“It’s an awkward situation and Mr Sear says he wants the nets to be even higher, which we’re looking into.

“The club play high level cricket in the West of England Premier League and we were there long before Mr Sear moved in.

“I’ve been round to have a chat but only half a dozen balls from all the games played there last summer went into the gardens.

“Yes, it could hit somebody, but we’re very aware of health and safety.”

Ironically, Mr Brice said he “went down like a sack of spuds” after a ball hit him on the side of the head during a training session last season.

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10:36am Tue 17 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

If you're worried about balls landing in your Garden then don't move into a house next to a sports pitch, or install netting yourself if you want it higher.

This is almost as bad as people moving into villages and then moaning about tractors and the church bells!
If you're worried about balls landing in your Garden then don't move into a house next to a sports pitch, or install netting yourself if you want it higher. This is almost as bad as people moving into villages and then moaning about tractors and the church bells! Slow down!

11:38am Tue 17 Dec 13

jjjjjj/mmmmm says...

Agree with the recent comment! If he isn't happy then move away! Silly man!
Agree with the recent comment! If he isn't happy then move away! Silly man! jjjjjj/mmmmm

1:25pm Tue 17 Dec 13

BaldyLocks says...

Maybe after Englands humiliating thrashing in the Ashes the popularity of the worlds most boring 'sport' will diminish.
Maybe after Englands humiliating thrashing in the Ashes the popularity of the worlds most boring 'sport' will diminish. BaldyLocks

1:43pm Tue 17 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

Exactly as above, if you choose to move to a house by a cricket club then what do you expect. Next they will complain about the noise when they shout 'howz that' or the rugby/football lads noise.

If it wasn't the sport it would probably be the noise from the social club, the tractors in the fields and on the track to the farm. The flood lights from the 5 a side court. You get my drift......
Exactly as above, if you choose to move to a house by a cricket club then what do you expect. Next they will complain about the noise when they shout 'howz that' or the rugby/football lads noise. If it wasn't the sport it would probably be the noise from the social club, the tractors in the fields and on the track to the farm. The flood lights from the 5 a side court. You get my drift...... swjoduk

8:35pm Tue 17 Dec 13

somerset2012 says...

How long have you lived their. How long has cricket been played their. I suggest you do your homework before buying a house.

A typical moaner with nothing better to do than complain.
How long have you lived their. How long has cricket been played their. I suggest you do your homework before buying a house. A typical moaner with nothing better to do than complain. somerset2012

2:33pm Wed 18 Dec 13

souwesterly says...

I used to live adjacent to a village cricket pitch in Surrey and a lusty blow down the ground would usually end up with a ball bouncing off our house. The landlord of the pub next door was the biggest offender!
So we knew to be alert when they were playing; we had a screen up and all our windows were netted. Occasionally we asked the club to pay for a broken tile.....not for a tiler to come out though - we did our own repairs.

I do feel that if all these misplaced people had their way there'd be no hard or soft ball games - well, precious little sport at all....anywhere.
And what's the betting that Mr Sears has a pile of claim forms at the ready! If in doubt, complain and sue!
I used to live adjacent to a village cricket pitch in Surrey and a lusty blow down the ground would usually end up with a ball bouncing off our house. The landlord of the pub next door was the biggest offender! So we knew to be alert when they were playing; we had a screen up and all our windows were netted. Occasionally we asked the club to pay for a broken tile.....not for a tiler to come out though - we did our own repairs. I do feel that if all these misplaced people had their way there'd be no hard or soft ball games - well, precious little sport at all....anywhere. And what's the betting that Mr Sears has a pile of claim forms at the ready! If in doubt, complain and sue! souwesterly

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