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Big boost for village cricket

PUBLISHED: 09:08 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:34 07 July 2010

The new Swanton Morley cricket nets area.

The new Swanton Morley cricket nets area.

MEMBERS of Swanton Morley Cricket Club are delighted that a major project to create a superb new synthetic practice area is now complete.

They acknowledge the various bodies which have provided funding: Awards for All (£6,900), the Lord's Taverners (£1,500) and Breckland Council Community Fund (£500).

MEMBERS of Swanton Morley Cricket Club are delighted that a major project to create a superb new synthetic practice area is now complete.

They acknowledge the various bodies which have provided funding: Awards for All (£6,900), the Lord's Taverners (£1,500) and Breckland Council Community Fund (£500).

The existing practice area has also been refurbished with a new carpet and shock pad, funded by the Local Network Fund (£3,300).

In addition, the club has recently bought an extensive range of equipment for youngsters, including various coaching aids, and a special bag of cricket equipment for young players will be presented shortly by the Lord's Taverners.

The Angel cricket ground now has excellent cricket training facilities for adults and youngsters alike, which are much appreciated by the current members.

It is hoped that new players may be encouraged to come along and consider joining the club. A warm welcome is assured to anyone interested in playing for Swanton Morley or acting as an official, as a scorer or umpire.

The club is a member of the WNCL Division One and Five, playing on Saturdays. Matches are also played on Sundays, in the MNSCL, Division Three.

Training sessions for youngsters aged eight to 14 years are held on Monday evenings from 6-7.30pm and led by two qualified coaches. The club has Sports Council Clubmark Accreditation and all equipment is provided. There is nominal charge of £1.50 per session.

An U13 side is scheduled to play at least seven matches this season, in a competition, under the auspices of the Norfolk Cricket Board.

On Sunday afternoon, June, 22 the club will host an U12 county game when Norfolk youngsters will play Huntingdonshire. These are popular occasions, attracting many families and friends.

Adult practices are on Thursday evenings from 6pm onwards and anyone interested, of whatever level of ability, is invited to come and see what the club has to offer. Let's keep village cricket alive - come and join us!

Ring George or Rosemary Northall, (01362) 637620, for further details.

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