Unveiling of the new Harold Pepper Memorial Scoreboard at Belper Meadows CC''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Unveiling of the new Harold Pepper Memorial Scoreboard at Belper Meadows CC''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Months of hard work and dedication have to come to fruition with the official opening of Belper Meadows Cricket Club’s new electronic scoreboard.

Players and officials both past and present were at Christchurch Meadow Cricket Ground to enjoy a recent Derbyshire 2nd XI game and to unveil the new addition to the ground, named in memory of legendary club stalwart Harold Pepper.

The Harold Pepper Memorial Scoreboard has been made possible through the hard work, dedication and kind donations of people associated with the club. The current players and members completed a number of fundraising activities throughout 2013 in order to help finance the purchase.

The funds were attained through their efforts, along with the generous donations made by some of the past players and committee members, who included John Holmes, Ken Smalley, John Smalley, John Flanders, Stuart Underwood, and John Morris, as well as The Derby Friars CC and Quayvine Limited.

A short presentation took place in which the cricket club president Trevor Jones thanked everyone who had helped make this project possible.

He then invited John Holmes to complete the dedication and recall a few anecdotes relating to Harold Pepper and his commitment to the cricket club, which started in 1940 and extended well into his 80s, a period of over 50 years that saw him serve the club as player, treasurer, chairman, president, as well as groundsman and umpire.

The unveiling was completed by John Holmes and John Smalley.

Club chairman Mark Slater added: “It’s something we’ve been working on now for around two years. There has been a lot of fundraising activities undertaken by the club in that time and in the end, the project came to something like £7,000, because it’s not just a scoreboard, we’ve built a scorebox around it too, so we’re very pleased wih it and it’s fitting to name it after Harold because he did so much for the club in so many ways over many many years.”

Meanwhile, on the field Belper Meadows 1sts were in Division 5N action on Saturday, when they lost by three wickets at Ashover.

The home side won the toss and asked Meadows to bat first.

They were dismissed for 148 in 43 overs.

Opener Ben McGonigal top scored with 35 and there was also 31 contributed by Peter Brookes.

Ashover went on to win by three wickets, scoring their runs in 44 overs.

Matt Jones took 3-22 for Belper Meadows but it was in a losing cause.

There was better news for Meadows 2nds who beat Quarndon 4ths in Division 8N by six wickets.

Quarndon were restricted to 127-9 with David Nightingale taking four wickets.

Then Meadows’ Thomas Hunt made 65 not out to see his to the win, batting throughout the innings.