Read and Clitheroe Cricket Clubs ready for the new season

Members of Read Cricket Club with the new pitch covers sponsored by Pendle Hill Properties
Members of Read Cricket Club with the new pitch covers sponsored by Pendle Hill Properties

READ and Clitheroe Cricket Clubs came out in force on Saturday to help get ready for the forthcoming Ribblesdale League season.

As part of the NatWest Cicketforce programme – an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities – committee members, players, supporters, friends and families turned out to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovations at both grounds.

At Whalley Road in Read, volunteers helped out with painting, whitewashing and general tidying and repairs.

Read have also received sponsored covers ahead of the new campaign, courtesy of Pendle Hill Properties.

Read chairman Steve Lowes said: “The covers have made a fantastic difference to the quality of the wickets and cricket, and we would like to thank Pendle Hill Properties for their generosity.”

Meanwhile, at Chatburn Road in Clitheroe, cricketers from the Cobras youth teams, parents, coaches and senior members of the club all pitched in from 9 a.m. to smack the chores for six!

Under the guidance of Cobras chairman Farouk Hussain and technical expert Kevin McDowell, tasks great and small were despatched. Kevin has spent much of the winter helping to transform the dressing rooms.

Thanks also went to Waddington Road Chippy for providing warm meals at lunchtime for all the volunteers.

Club secretary Roger Banks said: “It’s a job well done. The support from The NatWest Bank and other local businesses are vital to help keep our club running through these current challenging times.

“We approach our 150 years anniversary during the 2012 season.

“It’s really great to see the interest, enthusiasm and support that there is for our club.”