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A village cricket club has turned a beloved tree that has stood on the boundary of their ground for 125 years into a giant carving of a cricket bat after it was condemned.<br />
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The 16ft tall wooden bat took a tree surgeon and an assistant 18 months to carve after members of Shobrooke Park Cricket Club couldn't bring themselves fell the storm-damaged Scots Pine.<br />
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The tree was planted on the eastern edge of the boundary when the club in Crediton, Devon, was established in 1890 and has been a feature ever since.