Cricket volunteers come out in force

Matlock Cricket Club, NatWest Cricket Force, Mick Lander and Ray Mullaney at work on the sight screens
Matlock Cricket Club, NatWest Cricket Force, Mick Lander and Ray Mullaney at work on the sight screens

MATLOCK Cricket Club members put their backs into it as part of the NatWest CricketForce scheme.

2012 is the seventh successive year Matlock CC has participated in the nationwide pre-season makeover of cricket grounds, carried out by volunteers, aided by sponsors.

This year, 20 volunteers, plus three small children and two dogs, tackled a work programme organised and led by Mick Lander.

Sponsors were Twiggs of Matlock, who provided the paint; Builder Base, who gave a donation to be spent on building materials and NatWest, who provided T-shirts and a promised cash grant if a staff member of a local Natwest Bank was photographed participating. Angela Wragg, now of the Bakewell branch, once again obliged with her family.

Club chairman Derrick Taylor said: “As our Grade A-plus playing area requires specialist skills, this had already been prepared by our ground staff team of Clarry Hill and Dave Ramsden and it looks better than ever, so the volunteers confined their endeavours to buildings and equipment.

“Small teams reassembled the sight screens, secured and repaired the outdoor nets (ready for the outdoor training session on Thursday evenings), white painting of the boundary walls, chains and boards etc.

“Having at last cleaned myself of white paint, I would like to thank all participants and particularly Mick Lander, who won the title of hardest worker!”