Man transforms his back garden into full cricket pitch during lockdown

The restrictions that lockdown brings might induce varying levels of productivity within us.

Some might binge their favourite Netflix series all over again, others might miss live sport so indulge on the nostalgia-fuelled ‘Premier League Years’, whilst others might have re-discovered their love for ‘Championship Manager 97/98’.

But others might build an entire cricket stadium in their back garden.

Yes, you read correctly.

Dylan Hadfield has spent his time in lockdown well, sculpturing a cricket pitch in his backyard.

No expense was spared and no minor detail was missed, with advertising hoardings running around the boundaries and even fabric spread out at the bottom of the pitch to act as a sight screen.

The markings are to perfection, as is the trim on the grass and a magnificently manufactured wicket.

There’s even a scoreboard and a gazebo, under which you can have a pint. What could be better?

Well, the boundaries aren’t in a perfect oval, with some questionable bumps on the edge of the pitch, but we can forgive that.

Cricket, like most other sport, has been greatly hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

England have had to cancel their Test series against Sri Lanka, whilst the Indian Premier League has been pushed back from the original start date of March 29.

MCC had to postpone their committee meeting schedule for the final weekend in March whilst their annual champion county match with Essex between March 24 and March 27 also fell foul to COVID-19.

Upwards of 14 County Championship clubs have abandoned their pre-season trips and returned home early.

International cricket has been affected with the One Day International ties between India and South Africa and Australia and New Zealand washed away as well as Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan. Australia Women’s tour of South Africa has gone to the dogs, also.

New Zealand Cricket have cancelled the final two rounds of its domestic season, Wellington Firebirds offered the Plunket Shield due to being 26 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Cricket South Africa have followed suit, cancelling all forms of cricket for two months whilst the Pakistan Super League was postponed on March 17.

So, it seems that our cricketing gardener will have plenty of time to perfect both his bowling and batting with lockdown seemingly destined for an extension.

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