New facility central to club’s future plans

From left, Terry Dunn, Captain of Mitford Cricket Club, Ian Lavery MP, Mike Young of Hope Construction Materials and Mike Sharp, Chairman of Mitford Cricket Club, at the official opening of the new pavilion.

From left, Terry Dunn, Captain of Mitford Cricket Club, Ian Lavery MP, Mike Young of Hope Construction Materials and Mike Sharp, Chairman of Mitford Cricket Club, at the official opening of the new pavilion.

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Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, was the guest of honour at the official opening of the Mitford Park Pavilion earlier this month.

Mitford Cricket Club received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to assist in building a new pavilion to replace the facility that had been in place since 1920.

The funding stream it came from was Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund

At the event, which included a celebratory match between a Mitford side and an invited team from other clubs, the building contractor George Bowman and individual members of the club were thanked for their hard work.

The support of Mitford Parish Council was outlined alongside the substantial contribution of Hope Construction Materials, which literally laid the foundations of the project.

The business is a club sponsor this season, with the distinctive purple shield in the pavilion and on the club shirts.

The re-development includes new changing rooms, kitchen facilities and facilities for younger players.

It will allow the club to expand its junior-cricket provision and further develop its relationships with local schools.

Club Chairman Mike Sharp said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which meant that we were able to replace our pavilion.

“We now have a great facility for our existing players, but more importantly for the young players we have coming through, those we will bring to the club and the schools cricket we hope will be played here in the future.”

Mr Lavery said the new pavilion is a fantastic asset for cricket in the area and he congratulated the club, which has been a central focus of the village since its inception in the late 19th Century.

l Mitford CC’s second team were victorious at home to Allendale II on Saturday in West Tyne League, Division Two.

The visitors batted first andDan Tuite continued on from his midweek five-for with another wicket in his first over; he finished with figures of 2-27.

Opening partner Biren Shah put in an excellent performance and took 4-18 over two spells.

Gary Nicholson on his debut was unlucky not to take a scalp. In the end, the other wickets were taken by Craig Mole (2-7) and Andy Gayner (2-5) as Allendale were all out for 79.

In reply, Steve Jones scored an incredible 26 as he later found out he had a triple fracture in his finger from a dropped catch while fielding.

Hamang Shah was impressive in his knock of 24 not out as Mitford completed an eight-wicket win in the 19th over.