Mayor gives boost to young cricketers

Game On: Mayor of Wirksworth Andy Pollock and members of the Wirksworth and Middleton junior cricket club celebrate the donation of �1800 from the Mayor's community fund which has helped them to buy new equipment.
Game On: Mayor of Wirksworth Andy Pollock and members of the Wirksworth and Middleton junior cricket club celebrate the donation of �1800 from the Mayor's community fund which has helped them to buy new equipment.

TALENTED youngsters at Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club have received a major boost thanks to Mayor of Wirksworth Andy Pollock.

Cllr Pollock raised £3,600 through his Mayor’s Fund for the year 2010-2011 and is splitting it equally between two organisations in the town – the cricket club and the scouts – that he feels carry out great work with boys and girls locally.

He handed over the cricket club’s share of the fund at the weekend when he attended the Mayor’s Trophy event, contested by youngsters from the club.

During the course of the last year, Cllr Pollock organised a series of events to help raise money. The Wam Bam Band and local choir Raise Your Voices gave their services free and got the campaign off to a strong start with two gigs, Shoestring Players put on a Murder Mystery Evening which raised a significant amount of money and local racing car driver Adam Clarke Bagnall offered people the chance to take his car for a spin around the Donington race track for a donation to the charity.

Cllr Pollock said: “My thanks to Adam for allowing this once-in-a-lifetime chance which again raised yet more funds for the cause and also my heartfelt thanks to all those people who raised this fantastic sum of money, which will be put to great use within our community.”

Club chairman Sue Marshall explained: “We greatly appreciate the very generous support that the Mayor has given us this year. With the new pavilion, new nets and all the much-needed new equipment, our young players, who are the future of the club, are well provided for. We organised The Mayor’s Event to say thank you to Andy and to showcase our future stars. ”

Four teams of young Wirksworth & Middleton CC cricketers competed energetically for the Mayor’s Trophy on a cold, wet evening.

The 24 boys and girls, playing in four under 13s teams, remained cheerful despite the weather and put on a show of skill and spirit to warm the large gathering of spectators accommodated in the new pavilion.

Cllr Pollock handed over the trophy and added: “There is tremendous ability and technique on display tonight, which is a credit to the club and its coaches. It’s a delight to see.”

The winners were The Meadows team, captained by Jamie Toms, who took a stunning catch off the last ball to seal the victory in what was a fitting finale to a competition which, in its level of active participation and generosity, reflected the true spirit of cricket.

There were no winners’ medals as all present felt the winner was the game of cricket itself.

l Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club’s smart new pavilion is to be officially opened on Sunday from 2pm. A match between a President’s XI and a Ken Wilson XI will be held and a bar and refreshments will be available at the ground, to celebrate the eagerly-awaited occasion.