Cradle of cricket…..Allett

World-renowned Hambledon Cricket Club has extended its Allett equipment inventory with the addition of a specialist verticutter cartridge head for use with the club’s C-24 pedestrian mowing and turf maintenance system.
Responsible for helping maintain the square and prepare wickets at Hambledon’s Ridge Meadow ground, the Allett C-24 with its interchangeable cartridge heads is working alongside an Allett Regal 36 which, in common with Regals found at many other club and county cricket grounds, is being used exclusively to mow the outfield.
The arrival of the verticutter cartridge head for the C-24 coincided with the 10th anniversary of Allett’s association with Hambledon, one of the world’s best known clubs and regarded widely as the “cradle of cricket”.
Formed around 1750 and located in rural Hampshire between Petersfield and Portsmouth, Hambledon was the foremost cricket club in England during the 1770s and 1780s, promoting and encouraging the growth of club cricket throughout Britain and establishing itself as the accepted authority and governing body of the game.
The need for a verticutter cartridge head to complement the Allett C-24’s 10-bladed cutting cylinder with turf groomer unit followed soil analysis taken at the ground last autumn which identified a significant build-up of thatch within the square.
To combat the thatch, which hinders the production of consistently firm and even wickets, the decision was taken by the club to combine close mowing of wickets with regular verticutting throughout the growing season.

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