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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 21:29 GMT
Firm to help save cricket pitch
An IT company has stumped up the money to help save a threatened cricket ground in Cambridge.

Cambridge City Council decided to stop cricket being played on the 11 acre Parker's Piece site due to under use and a budget shortfall of 11,500.

Cambridge based Intergence Systems is offering to sponsor the ground and pavilion for 3,000 to make up some of the shortfall.

The pitch launched the career of the legendary batsman Sir Jack Hobbs.

He finished his Surrey and England career with 61,237 first-class runs and 197 centuries.

Sir Jack, the first cricketer to be knighted, was spotted at the wicket on Parkers Piece in 1901.

John Roebuck Head of Parks and Recreation at Cambridge City Council said: "We have had an offer of 3,000 and are looking into how respond to that bearing in mind that our shortfall is 11.500."

The council says that last summer the ground was used for 45 days out of 120 which is not enough to keep paying the company which maintains the square.

In the past there had been three cricket squares and a full time groundsman.

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