Market Deeping Cricket Club: Practice Nets & Pitch Roller
Already competing at the highest echelons throughout the various Lincolnshire and Rutland Leagues, Market Deeping Cricket Club has recently been the fortunate recipient of a £35,000 investment from local Construction business Mick George Ltd.
Although the Club’ enjoys some of the best facilities in the surrounding area, its continued popularity has placed extensive pressure on its playing and training facilities, which the Club’ have been keen to address in an attempt to enable further progress.
The funds provided have permitted the installation of an impressive new ‘practice net’ facility, which features multiple enclosures for testing the batting and bowling credentials of members, both young and old, associated with the Club.
And it’s not just the players that have benefitted from the grant either. Ian Jones (Head Groundsman) and Tom Shinkins (Assistant Head Groundsman) also have a reason to smile, thanks to the delivery of a new ‘Poweroll 12’ (heavy-duty roller) that will significantly enhance the playing surfaces for all users.
The existing structure of the club consists of four youth teams made up of nearly 100 juniors, as well as senior representation from a further four teams, subsequently means that the venue is often subject to more than twelve fixtures per week, plus training sessions.
The club promotes the emergence of youth through the ranks and is hoping that the changes will significantly improve the clubs offering, developing abilities, whilst growing membership numbers in the future.
Simon Gillett, Chairman of Market Deeping Cricket Club said: ‘’The Clubs’ aim is to inspire, develop and deliver opportunities for people of all abilities within the community to play and enjoy cricket. The provision of the new net facilities and roller will allow us to continue to attract people in to the game from all demographics of the local region.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Our partnership with Market Deeping CC is one we’re pleased to be involved with. It’s clear to see by the volume of people associated with the club how much it is valued by the local community.’’
Stump continued: ‘’Naturally over time investment will be needed to improve, replace or maintain equipment and facilities, however funding of such vast amounts can be hard to generate for clubs at grass root levels. Where feasible, we will always try to contribute and give a little something back.’’