NatWest CricketForce Action Report.
Dave Leighton who featured a few days ago, has very kindly sent Third Man a report of last week’s high profile activities.
He writes, “The NatWest CricketForce weekend was stunning with the most remarkable results achieved. I have been to Harrow St Mary’s CC, Middlesex, Gedling Colliery CC, Notts and Scarborough CC, Yorks over the past 3 days and seen Gus Fraser and the Middlesex team painting a pavilion all day, Andrew Strauss and Charlotte Edwards signing autographs and giving interviews, Mike Gatting digging trenches and painting all day, Graeme Swann singing live with his band at Gedling, ‘Dickie’ Bird with a paint brush in hand, Jimmy Anderson working at Scarborough and Vernon Coaker MP in his scruffy clothes filling a skip.
“If you add in new roof, new kitchen, a new umpires’ changing room, new womens’ changing room, a new disabled ramp, electricity cables being laid, new scoreboards, hedge planting, wall and fence painting and the biggest volunteer community workforce you could imagine, at these 3 clubs alone we had over 750 people attend. These included volunteers from Construction Colleges in Derby and the Yorkshire coast providing real expertise and the probation service chipping in too.
“When I started this job I would never have dreamed of all this happening in a weekend. Club cricket has really received a significant boost. Have a look at www.ecb.co.uk/natwestcricketforce for the full stories.”
Messers Brown, Cameron and Clegg note well; if it’s broken, the united cricketing community fixes it.