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Turfing out great grass; HERITAGE.

Byline: By DON McKAY

CRICKET bosses are giving away the famous turf of Headingley - where legends such as Ian Botham and Don Bradman chalked up some of their greatest achievements.

After 117 years, the outfield at the home of Yorkshire cricket is to be dug up and replaced so drainage can be improved. Only the batting square will remain.

The hallowed turf is to be donated to a local cricket club or school.

A club spokesman said: "We are looking to donate the outfield to a club in particular need of assistance."

In 1981 Botham smashed 149 not out - and inspired a battered England to a remarkable Ashes comeback to defeat the Aussies.


ACE Botham at Headingley
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2008
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