Cricket legend Gatting drops in to lend a hand at Belper Meadows

Mike Gatting and long serving Belper Meadows club member , Pete Brookes (right) erecting additional bench seating for spectators during the CricketForce weekend''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Mike Gatting and long serving Belper Meadows club member , Pete Brookes (right) erecting additional bench seating for spectators during the CricketForce weekend''Photo by Terry Fletcher
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Belper Meadows Cricket Club welcomed a special guest on Sunday as part of the NatWest CricketForce weekend.

ECB managing director of cricket partnerships Mike Gatting - the former Ashes-winning captain - attended the weekend’s launch event at Harrow Town CC on Friday before heading to Heathcoat CC in Devon on Saturday, and then Belper on Sunday, joining volunteers and local cricket supporters to carry out work to the grounds he visited, as part of the national, annual pre-season initiative.

Before the weekend, Mike Gatting said: “We estimate that more than 70,000 volunteers will be supporting local cricket this weekend and I look forward to meeting as many people as possible and seeing facilities at local clubs once again transformed for the start of the 2013 season.”

n The draws for the 2013 Mayor of Derby’s Charity Competitions were made at the New Inn at Little Eaton. Twelve teams have entered the OJ Jackson Cup and 23 entered the Butterley Cup.

In the Jackson Cup, holders Ockbrook & Borrowash drew a bye in the first round and will face Division One opposition in the shape of either Sawley & LE Park or Quarndon in the second round. Tie of the first round is the all-Premier clash between Alvaston & Boulton and Denby.

In the Butterley Cup, holders West Hallam have a first round bye and will begin their defence against Denby 2nds or Darley Abbey.