More wickets and better drainage for club

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Cricketers in Morpeth will be able to take advantage of better playing facilities on their home ground following a major grant.

Work has been carried out to improve the drainage of the main pitch and add wickets to the current square.

As part of Morpeth Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club, the cricket club was awarded £64,000 funding from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund.

Cricket club chairman Rod Rogers said: “This grant will enable us to play more matches, losing far less to the rain and wet conditions.

“The additional wickets will help us to maintain quality surfaces for the playing of cricket and accommodate all four of our adult teams, our Under 18s and Under 15s as well as local school cricket and county squad matches.

“The coming months will be an exciting and busy period for our club.”

It was announced in late 2012 that all of Morpeth’s teams would play in the area next to the Club House at Longhirst Hall.

Since its launch in 2011, 399 projects have benefited from this Sport England fund.

For more details about the club, email rodrogers@hotmail.co.uk or go to www.pitchero.com/clubs/morpethcricketclub – you can also visit the club’s Facebook page.