The pace of the outfield will be a little quicker at Alrewas Cricket Club this season thanks to a new ride-on mower purchased with a £7,000 donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
The club’s ground staff will use the new mower over the summer months, following a winter programme of scarifying and aeration.
In 2021, for the first time in its 143-year history, the club was promoted to Derbyshire County Cricket League’s premier division, where its three senior teams compete. The women’s section plays in both the Staffordshire and West Midlands Women’s cricket leagues, while the rapidly expanding junior section will field 12 junior teams for boys and girls aged 6-17 in 2022.
Club spokesperson Tim Aston said: “We are so grateful to Tarmac for their generous support. The new mower, a Ransomes Highway 3, has already proved a cut above our old tractor.
“Not only are we proud to have a cricket ground to match any in the league but it is also a delightful asset to the village which can be enjoyed by the whole community.”
Mark Collier, manager at Tarmac’s Alrewas Quarry, said: “We are always happy to help our neighbours with community projects. Alrewas Cricket Club has a long and cherished history with strong support locally and we wish them good luck in the premier division.”