Clitheroe volunteers take part in tidy up for Cricket Force Day

Some of the young helpers who did their bit for the 'Cricket Force'  efforts at Clitheroe's Chatburn Road ground
Some of the young helpers who did their bit for the 'Cricket Force' efforts at Clitheroe's Chatburn Road ground

A small army of volunteers set to work at Clitheroe Cricket Club’s ground to get ready for the new season.

The Chatburn Road club was participating in Cricket Force Day, a big national weekend event sponsored by NatWest Bank and Jewsons building suppliers.

Youngest among the volunteers was William Hall, toddler son of the cricket section’s first lady chairman, Amanda Hall.

Little William isn’t even two years old yet but wielded a mop enthusiastically and was adopted as a mascot for the event as the other volunteers tackled the jobs in hand.

“He cheered us up when we battled against the siberian wind,” said Malc Scott,manager of the ladies’ team and the under-11s.

Malc added: “We started on the Saturday morning with a wish list of jobs to do, and I never we expected that we’d finish them.

“In the end, we did everything we wanted to.

“We had helpers from all the teams; the firsts, seconds, thirds and fourths, the ladies’ team and the young Cobras with their parents.

“It was a brilliant effort, and everyone deserves a pat on the back.”

The ground had been looking worse for wear after the hard winter and needed a lot of work.

The volunteers painted the boundary walls, repaired the wicket, prepared the all-weather pitches, and tidied up where drainage work had been carried out.

Plant hire firm Anthony Dinsdale loaned a cherry- picker to help put up the practice nets.

Clitheroe NatWest branch manager Daniel da Silva Grave also pitched in to help.