Wiltshire Cricket

CricketForce 2013

Bradford On Avon CC Cricketforce 2013

Bradford on Avon Cricket Club Bowled Over by Response to the ECB Nat West Cricket Force

Initiative from Volunteers and Club Members

Members of Bradford on Avon cricket Club and volunteers rallied together putting in over 200 man hours of work over three days from Friday the 5th April through to Sunday the 7th April to embrace the true spirit of the Nat West Cricket Force initiative, a national campaign geared to enhance, refurbish, build or spring clean cricket clubs to ensure they are better enviroments for members and the local community to enjoy.

The club got off to a flying start on the Friday with twelve British gas employees volunteering their labour and skills as part of the British Gas ‘get involved scheme’ which was awesome to see as this created the momentum for the whole weekend as club members and families joined in the action.

Thanks must go to businesses that rallied to the support of the club, British Gas, Travis Perkins, Dulux Trade Paints, Jewsons and donors of the new cricket benches,tables and chairs in either gifting supplies,loan of tools or offering much needed labour to the project.

Bradford on Avon Cricket Club welcome new enquiries from anyone wishing to play adult or junior cricket. Contact can be made via the club website www.bradfordonavoncricketclub.hitscricket.com

Redlynch and Hale CC Cricketforce 2013

The 2013 Cricketforce is being hailed as the best yet for Redlynch & Hale CC as no fewer than 25 Committee Members, Umpires, Scorers, Players, girlfriends, parents and children turned out on a cold but dry Sunday to blitz the pre-season jobs that had been lined up.

From some giving up their Sunday completely, to those dropping in for a few hours, it was a hive of activity at The Playing Fields. As usual, The Club was unable to hold the annual ECB backed event on the "official" date due to the fact that the footballers have right of occupancy of the playing fields until the end of April, but the ground has been transformed thanks to the volunteers that pitched up on Sunday 28th April!

In an amazing turn out, jobs were going on everywhere. Two of the club's youngest members asisted Club Chairman Keith James, and second team umpire Steve Bayford to clean up and tidy the artificial practice strip.

A second work party led by 2nd XI captain Jack Vincent, Rhys Higgins and Dave Webber got their brushes out and began painting the frames of the new covers, kindly donated by Dave Dorrington, the clubs main sponsor.

Even though the changing rooms and showers are maintained by the fantastic work done by the Playing Fields Association, a further large work party marshalled by first team vice captain Ian Tanner and all-rounder Kev Hopkins got to grips with redecorating. Paint and brushes swished and slapped the walls and floor and at the end of it all it was debatable whether there was more paint on the walls or the painters, but a lot of fun was had!

There was chain harrowing of the outfield by Matt Truckle and grass cutting by groundsman Ian Coffin with Sam Hatton, striving hard to control a mower with a mind of it's own. But, the jobs were getting done!

Tom Emm got to grips with the power washer to blitz the algie and grime from the site screens, whilst Andy & Lin Church, helped by Toni Emm cleared, swept and tidied the scorebox. The winter's spider population packing their bags and moving out pronto!

Many others had chipped in during the day to the delight of Club Secretary and groundsman Iain Soutar who was soon busy preparing the first of many wickets for the season!

A highly successful day and a hige thank you to everyone who gave their time