Cricketers in Norwich can train in style after a £39,984 donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund allowed the club to install new state-of-the-art practice nets.
The brand new, three-lane nets were officially opened on Saturday 24 June by Mike Hanby, director of cricket at the Norfolk Cricket Board, who cut a ribbon to mark the occasion.
Guests were treated to drinks on the clubhouse’s wrap-around balcony, followed by a buffet lunch.
Sudy Trivedi, chairperson at the club, said: “Sprowston Cricket Club is like a tree that was planted a long time ago. Since it was first established in 1871, it has grown roots and branches and really blossomed, and we hope that it will continue to do so for generations to come.
“The club now boasts four men’s cricket teams, a ladies’ team, a range of youth teams, an over-40s side, Sunday side and a disabled summer side.
“We are very grateful to the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund for assisting the club with this project, and to our many sponsors for their ongoing support.”
Colin Ellis, operations manager for Tarmac, said: “It is great to have been able help Sprowston Cricket Club improve its facilities with the donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
“Assisting with funding for projects like this is very important to Tarmac, as we are committed to supporting local communities around our operations.”
The opening event was an enormous success, with guests enjoying their food and drinks in the summer sunshine while watching the SCC 1st XI versus Diss CC 1st XI and the SCC 4th XI versus Norwich Bystanders, with exciting home wins for both Sprowston teams.
For more information about Sprowston Cricket Club, visit: www.sprowstoncricketclub.org