It is hard to say whether the ball would have cleared the silver birches and carried into Mr Lacey's garden, but the judge, a cricketer in his youth, will have to decide whether such a hit would constitute a breach of privacy, and whether the cricket club should cease playing on the ground.
Mr Lacey and his wife Rosa- Marie are pursuing a civil action against the club at Slough County Court, to persuade it to erect protective nets while cricket is in progress, or stop playing.
In court yesterday another objector, John Hern, recalled sitting down in the middle of the wicket and refusing to move in protest at the way balls were landing on his house. On one occasion, while he was abroad, a ball smashed two windows and broke a china horse.
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