Countesthorpe Cricket Club’s two major projects have been completed…almost in time for the new season. Last summer’s monsoon made more urgent the need to replace the artificial wicket, used for practice and for match play by the junior members of the club, of whom there are more than 100.
After fundraising, including a raffle, donations, including £250 by the Countesthorpe Herald, and grants by the Lord’s Taverners and Leicestershire County Council. The wicket was installed by Wigston based Dura-Sport in April. It was opened by county players Shiv Thakor (who played for Countesthorpe for about 6 seasons as a junior), and Greg Smith, who had fond memories of playing on the ground whilst a junior player with Kibworth.
This was part of an open day where senior and junior players had the chance to play, practice, and in Tyler Garrard’s case, bowl at and dismiss Shiv. Tyler was therefore rather more successful than Leicesterhire’s opponents so far this season
A couple of weeks later, the changing room extension was completed by the installation of a security door. The changing room extension was started almost 18 months ago, with building work performed under the Nat West cricket force initiative, by students by South Leicestershire College in South Wigston. All the digging and finishing was performed by club members, supervised by John Clarke, who has been involved with the club for over 50 years. John had the honour of ‘opening the door’.