Ashington Cricket Club have been bowled over by the generosity of employees from P&G (Procter & Gamble).
One of them, Lee Collis – a long term club member and player – nominated Ashington for a donation from the P&G Longbenton Community Matters fund.
The fund donated £2,000 which was matched by a donation from Sport England.
Lee said the donation will help the club go from strength to strength.
“With this money we’ve been able to buy three wicket covers which will extend practice hours, lengthen games and improve the wicket surface quality, resulting in an even higher standard of play,” he said.
Ashington has almost 100 members, three competing teams containing talented teenagers hoping to emulate former players – ex-England and current Durham player Stephen and Ben Harmison, now playing for Kent, and current Durham bowler Mark Wood.
Club management committee member and player Michael Thewlis said: “We are very grateful for P&G’s contribution to our club.
“It is going to improve the already fantastic quality of play at Ashington Cricket Club.
“This will also give the youngsters more confidence as they learn the basics.
“One of the great things about this club is that all the generations work together – on the pitch and at practise.”
Club chairman Martin Thewlis added: “Last year as a result of the weather, 80 per cent of junior matches and training sessions were cancelled.
“This has a knock-on effect with regard to player development and rates of attrition for younger players.
“Already this year thanks to the covers, the under-11s, 13s and 15s have been able to play all of their fixtures, and the club has been able to coach and develop sporting talent from within the local community.”
Employees from P&G’s three north east sites regularly fundraise and donate time to support regional and national charities.