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POST TIME: 15 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
English cricket club introduces vegan ball
AFP, London

English cricket club introduces vegan ball

WG Grace and Don Bradman may be spinning in their graves at the news an English cricket club have switched to using a vegan ball from the traditional leather one.

Earley Cricket Club in Reading a town 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of London had already introduced a vegan tea for their players. That was down to their founder and chairman Gary Shacklady who found most cricket club teas consisted of ham sandwiches, not much use to him when he became a vegan.

Now they have gone the full hog and introduced a vegan cricket ball -- a synthetic animal products-free one covered in rubber instead of leather.

“It does behave like a leather cricket ball, but it bounces more and it's more difficult to grip,” Shacklady told the Daily Mail.