Wirksworth & Middleton to take part in CricketForce event

Wirksworth & Middleton CC will be among the clubs taking part in the annual CricketForce event this weekend.

A record-breaking 2,200 cricket clubs nationwide have registered for the three day event, which will see facilities rejuvenated and prepared across the country for the forthcoming cricket season, with tens of thousands of club members and volunteers coming together to clean, tidy, repair and revitalise clubhouses and cricket grounds.

Wirksworth & Middleton have been selected as the Derbyshire Showcase club for 2014, having had the wooden pavilion at their Middleton ground completely destroyed by a fire last July.

The club has been working tirelessly since the fire to ensure cricket could be played on the ground in 2014. With the support of club sponsor Tapton Estates, the generosity of a local farmer and a grant from the ECB it looks as though the hard work will be duly rewarded.

Sue Marshall, chairman of Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has given us such great support since the arson attack last year.

“Middleton is used for our third and Sunday team matches, as well as many of the youth matches throughout the season. We had to ensure that cricket could be played at Middleton in 2014.

“The ECB have been fantastic and have responded to our request for help very quickly. Tapton Estates then said they would fund the electricity – we have been using a camping stove for years and the players have often had to get changed in the dark.

“We are absolutely delighted and very thankful for the support. Despite the setback, our club is thriving and optimistic for the future.”