Earley Cricket Club replace traditional leather cricket balls with vegan balls

The Earley Cricket Club is the first club to introduce rubber cricket balls instead of the leather ones that are currently in use.
Earley Cricket Club replace traditional leather cricket balls with vegan ballsEarley Cricket Club replace traditional leather cricket balls with vegan balls
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An English cricket club have switched to using a vegan ball from the traditional leather ball in First-Class cricket. Earley Cricket Club in the west of London, after introducing vegan tea for the players, have introduced a vegan cricket ball in the sport. After ECC founder Gary Shacklady found that the cricket club served ham sandwiches, he decided to bring about a change to the menu. The club have gone full throttle now and introduced synthetic animal-free balls, which is covered in rubbr 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.

"But we're enthused by it and we're hopeful of finding a better version."

Shacklady now hopes that other clubs follow suit. Ham and beef sandwiches in the menu have been replaced by Moroccan tangine, lasagne and meat-free spaghetti bolognese. 

"The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision," said Shacklady, who set up the club 12 years ago.

"When other teams come to us, they pile their plates high.

"And when they eat the food, nobody complains.

"Although you usually get one middle-aged white man who is horrified -- it's fine, he doesn't have to eat it. But the point is that everyone can."

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