A Small Slab Of Concrete Causes Consternation

October 23, 2012 10:14 am

by Nathan · 9 comments

This hit the Catoosa News a few weeks ago, but it was recently picked up by 11Alive in Atlanta.  The City of Fort Oglethorpe placed a “cricket pitch” (10 foot by 30 foot slab of concrete) on the historic polo field near the Chickamauga Battlefield in 2007.  A group of “cricket enthusiasts” approached the city about creating the play area, and the city agreed to pour the concrete.  Well, one city resident, Ms. Sharon Anderson who lives next to the polo field, is upset with the concrete slab and cites the city charter, amended in 1996, that says that the city cannot build anything new on the polo field.  The city disagreed, and the whole thing went to court.

So, the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Ms. Anderson, and said that the city will need to tear out concrete slab and pay $80,000 to cover Ms. Anderson’s legal bills.  So, I guess this will thwart the thriving cricket community in Northwest Georgia, right?

In court, testimony revealed there had been exactly one cricket match on the sight in five years.

Perhaps not.  The city plans on appealing the verdict, but I wonder if they’ll be exercising in a futile fight.

Ed October 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

Well there is a large South Asian population in Georgia and there is a lack of proper cricket facilities.

Either way, looks like the city got bamboozled by a wicked googly and was stumped off leg. HOWZAT!*

*FYI that’s cricket lingo.

Calypso October 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

I thought *chirp* was the accepted cricket lingo around here.

saltycracker October 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

If there are any crickets in that concrete – call PETA

greencracker October 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

You don’t need a concrete slab to play cricket any more than you do to play baseball.

Obviously this is some sort of scam to let a project to some city councilor’s concrete-pouring brother.

Or a sneaky plan to infiltrate shuffleboard into the community under cover of cricket.

“We need a concrete slab for cricket in Catoosa Co.,” indeed.

Ed October 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

You actually kind of do need the slab for a pitch.

With a slow green pitch you’re really only going to be able to have spin bowling and there’s not enough decent spin bowlers to field a squad. Also, if its just pure grass nothing’s going to work period.

Just FYI.

View from Brookhaven October 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

Pretty sure that cricket (and it’s far more diabolical cousin, football…er…soccer) are part of Agenda 21.

drjay October 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

is there a big group of polo enthusiasts whose style is cramped by the cricket patch? don’t people in this town know any normal sports?

Ed October 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

That’s actually the real story here.

David Staples October 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’m sure there’s a few curling leagues around. Just go check with the local ice rink.

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