Thursday 29 March 2007 

North West Cricket Clubs Lead The Way

NatWest CricketForce 2007 takes place this weekend (Saturday 31 May/Sunday 1st April), with over 1100 clubs across England and Wales taking part.

This weekend will see 80,000 people working together to improve their local clubs, in what is officially the largest volunteering event in sport. It’s estimated that over the weekend, £30 million will be invested in cash and kind – leaving a legacy of better facilities and a real sense of community spirit within these clubs.

Lancashire County Cricket Club is proud to announce that the North West is yet again the leading region, with 223 clubs involved.

A summary of NW clubs taking part;

Lancashire 136 clubs

Cheshire 63 clubs

Cumbria 24 clubs

Congratulations to Cheadle Hulme CC who have been selected as the North West’s show case club for 2007. ECB Chief Executive David Collier along with England representatives Katherine Brunt and Tom Smith will be attending on Saturday from 11:30am to show their support. This is the third year of the event, and the second time that the Chief Executive of the Board has visited a club in our “patch” – which is a reflection of the popularity and passion for cricket in the region.

Lancashire will also be represented at Cheadle Hulme CC by our award winning Ground Staff, who will prepare the wicket and outfield for the coming season.

Chief Executive, Jim Cumbes will be the Guest of Honour at Preston Cricket Club’s event on Saturday to officially open their new ground facilities. This is a champagne day for the Committee at Preston, who have worked tirelessly to raise funds and complete these works.

To find out if your local club is involved in NatWest CricketForce 2007, click on the following web address for more details;

www.ecb.co.uk/ecb/cricketforce.