31/07/17: Congratulation visit for Thetford Town Cricket Club
Thetford Town Cricket Club has been climbing the local leagues and Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council Executive Member for Place, visited the club to congratulate the team and inspect the new covers, funded by the council earlier this year. These protect the pitch from the vagaries of English weather and, together with other investments in equipment and expert groundsmen, have led to a vast improvement in the quality of the pitch.
Over the past four years, the Club's first team has achieved successive promotions within the Norfolk Cricket Alliance and they are now a competitive team in Division 1. New players have been recruited and a new junior team has been established, supported by a growing coaching structure. Fundraising efforts by team members, friends, family and supporters have enabled the Club to improve facilities for players and spectators and put up a new clubhouse. The recent £9,000 grant, from Breckland Council's Outdoor Sport and Play Fund, has also enabled the Club to buy a new 'batting cage' which has provided a valuable addition to the Club's practice and coaching facilities.
Club Chairman Keith Greyson explained: "Having a high quality playing surface is essential for providing a true, reliable bounce. Amongst other things, this means managing water inputs and providing protection from heavy rainfall, as wet or waterlogged ground can be unsuitable or unsafe to play on. Our new covers are modern and light - this makes the groundsman's job easier and means that players themselves can now respond rapidly to passing showers on match days".
Cllr Claussen said: "I'd like to thank Club President John Mayes for inviting me to visit and meet the team. It was very rewarding to learn what a difference our grant has made to the Club and to see the covers in use. The team has made remarkable progress in recent years and I am sure that this is set to continue."
The Club's first team is now playing in Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division 1, which is the second highest league in Norfolk and the third highest in East Anglia.