Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Weedkiller bungle gardener let go by club

A GROUNDSMAN who applied the wrong type of weedkiller to the square at Henley Cricket Club has been let go

A GROUNDSMAN who applied the wrong type of weedkiller to the square at Henley Cricket Club has been let go.

Tony King, whose mistake in July turned a large area of the Brakspear ground brown, has not had his contract renewed.

Club chairman Brian Kenworthy said: ?I think sacked is too stronger term. We have agreed to go our separate ways.

?Tony was not an employee of the club, he provided ground preparation and maintenance services and at the end of the season we decide whether to renew that contract or not. We decided at the end of this season that it wasn?t right to renew it.

?We?re grateful for everything that Tony has done over the years.?

He said the weedkiller incident was ?very regrettable? but added: ?We felt we needed somebody different to prepare the ground and improve the quality of the square overall.

?Even setting aside the weedkiller incident, we felt we needed someone different to move forward.?

At the time of the incident Mr Kenworthy said the wicket looked more like one found in the West Indies.

This week he said it had become progressively more difficult to play on.

He also said the quality of the wicket over the last two or three seasons wasn?t as good as in the past and this had been reflected in the umpires? scores given after every match in the Home Counties Premier League.

Henley missed out on a hat-trick of championships after losing to High Wycombe on the last day of the season.

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