Preparations for the new season gathered pace as club held its the annual Nat-West Cricketforce Day on Saturday (April 1st) and, with 61 volunteers and all the listed jobs completed by 2.00 p.m., leaving the ground and pavilion looking resplendent in the late-Spring sunshine, it was once again an unqualified success. This year Chris Brook coordinated the event and managed the workforce with wife Joanne supplying the tea, coffee and bacon butties and what an excellent job they did. Although the number of volunteers was slightly down on 2016’s record numbers, they more than made up for it with their willingness to get stuck in to the task of getting everything ready for the start of the season.
The pavilion was cleaned and tidied, outside and in; the score hut, junior pavilion, fences, benches and tables given a coat of paint; first aid kits checked; artificial wicket and paved areas weeded; covers and sight screens prepared and the nets area tidied and repaired (for the umpteenth time – we badly need those new nets!) and the nets erected while groundsmen Mike Phoenix and Grenville Ireland worked on the square. A small party also found time to install an new clock, in memory of past President Andy Seeley, on the front of the score hut.
All in all, it was a very satisfying day with more senior players in attendance than at previous events and an excellent camaraderie throughout. A big thank-you to all who took part.
The previous Saturday about 40 club members visited Melton Park to buy new kit for the season with suppliers Wintech Sports and Blenheim Cricket in attendance.
Here are the pictures from Nat-West Cricketforce Day.