A NEW artificial cricket wicket has been laid at Accrington's Bullough Park.

The full-sized space for locals to play and practice came in response to call from local residents and Spring Hill ward's Cllr Munsif Dad.

Cllr Steven Smithson, Deputy Leader of Hyndburn Council and portfolio holder for green spaces, said: “I am really proud we have been able to make this a reality in time for summer and look forward to seeing people of all ages enjoying this great addition to Bullough Park.

"I’m pleased to see such well-maintained green space that can be used for a range of activities.

“Thank you to our parks team who do a fantastic job and to everyone who has been involved in this cricket wicket being put in place.”

Hyndburn Councillors were joined by members of the local community and cricketers for the opening ceremony,

Saeed Ullah, a Lancashire league and local club cricketer, said: “I have played for Lancashire league and within local clubs, so I am really pleased to see this new wicket pitch. This used to be a proper ground and there used to be mid-week leagues held here back in the 90s.

"It is a historical ground so I am pleased to see it returned to its former glory.”

Cll Dad said he was delighted with the artificial wicket on the overgrown square at Bullough Park.

Nihaal Basharat, an Enfield Cricket Club Player, said: "There is a big group of us, all based in Accrington, who will now be able to play and train at Bullough park with the creation of this new, purpose-built space.”