Just a 15 minute walk today to my nearest football ground, but one that I have seen cricket played on more than football.
This season Ransomes are now using the new million pound pavilion and changing rooms, built by the local Labour council – a facility shared with local cricket club.
The council had to regain control of the sports ground after the local clubs hit financial difficulties, facilities were poor and Suffolk Cricket had left with the pitch not up to standard, this left a football club, a local cricket club and a wooden pavilion and social club that was close to falling down.
Now Ransomes have a facility to be proud of – changing rooms better than most league clubs. There is small community room and tea, coffee and soft drinks were on sale before and during the game. The fence has rail and posts on half of it and a rope on the cricket pitch side, impressive dug outs and a small piece of cover coming off the groundsmans hut, the game cannot be watched from the new pavilion as that faces onto the cricket pitch.
Waveney from the Anglian Combination are the cup holders and took an early lead but Ransomes hit back and had the better of the rest of the first half missing a great chance to go in front on the 44th minute.
The second half had only just started when Waveney scored from the spot and a third goal soon followed, Ransomes then had most of the possession but other than one great save and a free kick hitting the bar they never really challenged the Waveney keeper and so the North Suffolk side marched onto the third round.