Whitby Cricket Club were blessed with a perfect weekend as they carried out their NatWest Cricket Force duties .
Members from all sections of the club, including juniors, mums, wives as well as senior players turned up for a day of cleaning, painting, assembling, repairing and preparing the pavilion, ground and wicket for the coming season.
Although a lot of work has been carried out over the winter by Paul Harrison, Tom Flintoff and their various helpers, this was a day when many essential tasks were accomplished, proving the value of the scheme in terms of assembling volunteers and members.
The ground, now looking as good as it has done at any point in its history, is now ready to put the wet weather of last year’s season behind it and provide cricket for all levels this year.
Club chairman John Hall thanked all the players, members and families who helped out, as well as Pete Graham of Jewson builders’ merchants, who provided the essential materials for the day.
Mr Hall emphasised that it really showed how the club has gone from strength to strength, creating a welcoming atmosphere within “a club for all.”
Junior nets are to start tonightfrom 6pm to 8pm, weather permitting.
New and old players arewelcome.
The sessions are run by experienced coaches Mike Stones and Duncan Lawrence.
Whitby 2nds began their North Yorkshire and South Durham League campaign on Saturday.
Opponents Bishop Auckland 2nds batted first, compiling 249/7 with Whitby’s Will Donald taking five wickets for 38 runs.
In reply, Theo Clarke struck a terrific 80 and Donald was unbeaten on 37 as Whitby compiled 215/8.
The result was recorded as a winning draw for Bishops. Tomorrow, the 2nds are away to Newton Aycliffe while the 1sts are at home to Darlington 2nds at the Turnbull cricket ground.