Full steam ahead for the new campaign

Denby Cricket Club’s preparations for the season are in full swing with the start of the league campaign just over two weeks away.

During August 2013, the club received the news that its application to the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund had been successful.

This has enabled the club to move ahead with phase two of a three-stage programme and the project has seen the building extended, the kitchen relocated and the main clubroom being refurbished.

Building work started during January and the aim is for the clubhouse to be fully functional by the middle of April, providing a much-improved facility for the club and community.

Work will continue this coming weekend with the club scheduled to be involved in the England & Wales Cricket Board annual NatWest CricketForce event. The initiative is designed to prepare clubs for the cricket season ahead.

The club will be looking to provide some finishing touches to the building work, preparations to the ground and the planting of 150 trees on the ground. All members of the club are encouraged to come along from 9.30am.

With the arrival of British Summer Time comes the opportunity to begin training in earnest with senior sessions planned to start on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from today (Thursday, April 3), at 6pm. Junior training is planned to start from April 14 at 6.30pm. With a full range of teams at all levels, the club provides opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. In the junior section, the club has added an additional team in the under 11 age group and would be pleased to welcome new players.

At senior level, the club is participating in a Back to Cricket programme with the intention being to bring players who have stopped playing back to the game. In particular the aim is to attract players aged 16-25. Details are available from Mick Glenn on 07976 504276, Dave Cherry on 07721 014871 and for Women & Girls cricket from Sharon Lacey on 01773 760853.