Whiston Cricket Club nets grant towards cost of new non turf pitch

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Whiston Cricket Club has been given a grant towards the cost of a new synthetic match play pitch.

The club received £10,307 from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Sport England after being identified an important feature in developing the Last Man Stands game in South Yorkshire.

The investment means that when the normal turf pitches are wet matches can still be played.

Club secretary, Carol Cowles, said: “We are grateful to the ECB and Sport England for the grant support because we could not afford such an excellent new facility from our own resources.

“The fact that our ground is now being used to stage Last Man Stands fixtures on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays means the ground is being used most days of the week and this in itself generates more revenue for the club.

“We also hope that players enjoying LMS cricket might encourage more people to join Whiston CC, at our Guilthwaite Hill ground, where they would be very welcome, which can only be great for the club, the village community and increased participation across Yorkshire.”

Last Man Stands is a fast moving game of cricket played on a T20 basis which can be completed by two eight-a-side teams in two hours.

The Yorkshire Cricket Board’s cricket development officer, Gareth Davis, said: “This type of cricket is becoming increasingly popular and appeals to all age groups. Most of the teams participating are groups of friends or works teams.”