Club bowled over after pitch delight

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A cricket club has been bowled over after receiving a cash boost following its latest title success.

Bedlington Cricket Club was selected as the winner of Miller Homes’ Summer of Sport competition after their pitch to purchase new practice nets.

The housebuilder asked local sports clubs in the region to say in no more than 200 words why they deserved to win the prize fund.

The cricket club, established in 1898, beat off stiff competition with its nomination, in the form of a poem highlighting its long history, and its need for the new practice nets.

Stuart Irvine, honorary secretary of Bedlington Cricket Club, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we found out that we had won.

“Our club is run by a team of loyal volunteers and is supported by the funds we manage to raise through donations and club events, so to receive this funding from Miller Homes means so much to everyone involved.

“Recently we were able to buy a new all-weather wicket but so far we haven’t been able to make the most of it, but now we can buy brand new nets, which will allow us to do exactly that.

“It is much-needed equipment that we would never have dreamt we could afford.”

The new equipment will benefit the club’s 80 junior and adult members.

Karl Morton, Miller Homes North East’s associate sales director, said: “Bedlington Cricket Club’s entry really stood out thanks to the charming poem they submitted, which highlighted the club’s clear passion for supporting its local communities.

“Our Summer of Sport campaign has offered us an ideal opportunity to give back to the grassroots clubs.

“Through the funding we can reach out to smaller clubs which may not necessarily be able to fund the projects that would make a real difference to their members.”