Congratulations to Western Suburbs District Cricket Club on your home ground, the historic Pratten Park, being named the best cricket ground in Sydney.

For the uninitiated, one cricket ground might not seem much different to the next. But the perfect cricket ground is all art and science, and the quality of a pitch makes all the difference.

Particular congratulations should be paid to Nick Cutler, who plays for Western Suburbs in the NSW Premier Cricket competition and has the role of head groundsman at Pratten Park. After every game, captains and umpires vote on the quality of the pitch, judging things like performance, line markings and outfield quality. Despite a summer of nightmarish weather conditions for a groundsman, Nick's commitment to such a fine ground beat out 19 other ovals across Sydney to claim the top spot.

After a difficult few years with COVID and extreme weather, I'm sure this is a welcome boost to the spirits of everyone at Western Suburbs District Cricket Club.

I warmly congratulate Nick, everyone at Western Suburbs District Cricket Club and Inner West Council on this outstanding achievement.