Cotton wool like cumulus clouds float over Newland SCG (Stroud Cricket Ground) as the Wales under 13 girls side bat against their hosts Gloucestershire. It’s the type of scene you can imagine would send Stroud CC’s most famous ex player Jack Russell scurrying for his oil paints. Having sold their previous Farmhill ground, where they had played since the 1880s, to local developers Newland Homes, Stroud moved to their new home in 2010. The timber framed pavilion, built on a raised deck to protect it from being flooded by the adjacent River Frome was officially opened in 2012 by Lily Allen. Unfortunately, the scheduled cricket match against a team featuring her father (actor Keith) was rained off.