The roller is 63 years old, 25 of which were spent at Dean Park playing an important role in preparing pitches for Hampshire’s County Championship matches.
Anxious to enhance the quality of their own pitches and so get their ground accredited for potential promotion to the Southern Premier League in 2023, Parley engaged DJB Machinery from Tonbridge, Kent, who sponsored the full refurbishment of the roller – and what a superb job they did !
“DJB Machinery took the roller back to their Tonbridge base, where they provided a mechanical upgrade, installed new parts, and repaired and repainted it. What a fantastic job they did, none more so than Dan Bryce and Albert,” beamed Parley cricket manager Keith Clarke.
“Hopefully, the roller will continue to serve the club for many years to come in the hands of the Parley ground volunteers, especially as DJB Machinery’s sponsorship deal includes a six-month service arrangement.”
Parley will play pre-season friendly matches at Dorset Premier League side Martinstown and against SPL neighbours Bournemouth before opening their HCL Division 1 programme at Alton on May 7.