Needingworth Cricket Club
The rise of Needingworth Cricket Club has been rewarded.
Having recently achieved four promotions, the XI-team efforts to continue that sequence is only likely to be enhanced after a generous donation from local business Mick George Ltd has permitted the purchase of a new wicket mower that will improve the playability of the surface.
The £7,600 grant has aided the purchase of a premium Dennis FT610 walk-behind mower’’ 24 with verti-cutter cassette and roller cassette functionality, which will inevitably better maintain the condition of the wicket, a necessity for the improved standard which the club now plays. Whilst simultaneously improving safety.
The previous mower has certainly faired the clubs’ Millfields premises particularly well. However, despite the efforts of the groundsman, the ‘cut and finish’ of the wicket is seriously deteriorating with opposing teams often conveying the state of the pitch as unsatisfactory, owing largely to the age of the mower, which dates back some 20-years.
The clubs’ progression has quickly evolved. Two-adult teams and a thriving youth section consisting of five separate age categories are now fully established, all of which will benefit from the recent acquisition.
The improvements will also support the ‘All Stars’ programme that the club is operating in conjunction with the ECB to provide a great first experience of Cricket for children aged between 5-8 years of age.
The improved facilities are set to attract in excess of 6,000 people each year, through training sessions and scheduled fixtures. It is hoped that the destination will become more than just a Cricket venue, but somewhere that is also used for arranged social and charity events.
Sandra Mitcham, Fundraiser at Needingworth Cricket Club said: ‘’The support has been integral in enabling the club to purchase a top-quality grass mower to help improve the cricket square and to support the continued rise through the leagues of all teams. It is certainly a welcome addition for the volunteers that are responsible for the upkeep of the wicket.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Our involvement with the local cricketing scene is certainly increasing, having supported a variety of nearby clubs with comparable projects. The feedback from each of those has been very positive and I expect it will be exactly the same in this instance.’’