Most of the jobs on coordinator Mally Howard’s list were completed by mid-afternoon as Great Melton’s Nat-West Cricketforce 2012 swung into action last Saturday.  By 9.30 a.m., and in quite heavy drizzle, there were at least 20 people busily hoeing, raking, digging and painting and, during the course of the day, 61 people came to lend a hand, one more than last year.  Apart from the usual club stalwarts, most of the workforce consisted of junior members and their parents.

With the multi-injured Matt Clarke supplying tea and coffee and bacon rolls, the rest of the Mally’s merry band undertook a variety of tasks.  The rain cleared and the sun came out and, by the end of the day, the scorebox had been decorated inside and out; areas of weeds and rough grass around the perimeter of the ground removed and the area re-seeded; railings repaired; the net practice area tidied and made ready for action; the net put on the portable cage; the covers put on the frames; the sightcreens cleaned; and the kit store organised and new coaching equipment sorted and marked.

Chairman, Steve Phoenix said,  “While the weather wasn’t as good as last year, it was still a good turn-out and really great to see whole families, including some quite young children, helping out.   Everybody worked really hard and seemed to enjoy it.  A big thank-you to all who gave up their time”

The day also included a ‘Healthy Heart’ check and advice session run in conjunction with Hethersett Pharmacy.  A steady stream of over-forties got their body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol  checked out during the course of the day and it proved a very worthwhile addition to the activities. Thanks to the pharmacist, Lizhen Zhou and to assistant, Lynda Bunn who organised the clinic.

The turn-out was good even though Cricketforce clashed with the U12s playing in the Lords Taverners Regional Tournament at the UEA. Once again, however, senior players, especially the 1st & 2nd teamers that actually get to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Melton Park, were few and far between.  Some things never change!

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