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Volunteers to turn out in Force as new term beckons

PUBLISHED: 10:34 23 March 2011

Cricket clubs in Norfolk are being urged to take part in the biggest ever Natwest Cricket Force event next month.

Already 31 clubs in the county have registered for the event, which sees members and volunteers carrying out improvements to club facilities over a designated weekend, which this year is from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10.

Nationally, more than 1,750 clubs will be taking part, surpassing last year’s record total of 1,642.

The event is being supported by the Norfolk Cricket Board and Garboldisham CC are being used as a showcase club to demonstrate what can be achieved.

Garboldisham are aiming to bring their old pavilion up to the standard of the recently added extension and the NCB’s cricket development officer Kevin Denmark said: “The work is estimated at around £10,000, but they are hoping to do it for around £2,000 by enlisting the help of volunteers, borrowing machinery and taking advantage of the special discounts available through Cricket Force.

“It is the epitome of what Cricket Force is all about.”

Other key projects around the county include a new pavilion at Swanton Morley, while Bradenham are taking delivery of their new covers – which have been designed and constructed by students at Wymondham College as part of a project – and weather-proofing their pavilion. Cromer CC are also installing new net facilities.

To register your club for Cricket Force, visit the Norfolk Cricket Board website at www.norfolkcricket.co.uk or for more information contact Kevin Denmark on 07876 561388.

• The Norfolk Cricket Board, in conjunction with their counterparts in Suffolk, are hoping to help set up an amputee cricket team in the region.

The Suffolk board have been approached by 29-year-old amputee Leigh Staines, who has suggested staging a charity fundraising and awareness match at Haverhill Cricket Club, with the aim of generating sufficient interest to form and promote a club.

For further details, contact the NCB’s cricket development officer Kevin Denmark on 07876 561388 or 
email kevin.denmark@norfolkcricket.co.uk

• Castle Rising are looking for home friendlies on Sundays May 22, June 12, June 19 and August 7. Contact Tony Ellis on 01553 691661 (office) or 01553 761919 (home).

• Norwich Bystanders Cricket Club are looking for new players who would like to join the club which currently operates three weekend teams.

Pre-season nets are currently being held at the Norwich School Daynes Sports Centre. All standards of player are welcome.

For more details, email club chairman Ben Chidley at benchidley@yahoo.co.uk.

• Touring team Thurleigh from Bedfordshire are looking for games in Norfolk on Friday, April 29 (evening) and Saturday April 30 (afternoon.) Contact Rob Stean on 07877056495.

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