NatWest volunteers help Hucknall get ready for new cricket season

OPENING THE BATTING -- NatWest volunteers (from left) Melanie Stainsby, Gillian Leivers, branch manager Becki Burrell and Jo Bancroft at the Gatehouse with their little helpers.
OPENING THE BATTING -- NatWest volunteers (from left) Melanie Stainsby, Gillian Leivers, branch manager Becki Burrell and Jo Bancroft at the Gatehouse with their little helpers.
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Expect the New Gatehouse Ground in Hucknall to look even smarter than usual if you pop down there for the start of the new cricket season.

For it has benefited from taking part in the NatWest Cricket Force weekend, run by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The weekend is an initiative encouraging members of clubs and the local community to join forces and get grounds ready for the 2014 campaign.

And staff from the NatWest branch in Bulwell decided to visit the New Gatehouse on Hayden Lane, which is home of Hucknall Cricket Club.

Volunteers, and their children, helped out with painting, gardening and cleaning at the picturesque ground.

Said Hucknall chairman Martin Cassidy: “We were grateful for their time and contribution as we gear up for the new season.

“The volunteers put the final touches to our pavilion extension and refurbishment. It is now expected to open in time for our first league match on Saturday 3rd May.”

The extension, which includes a re-fit for the lounge, kitchen and bar, won financial backing from Notts County Council and support from world-renowned cricketers.

Hucknall run four teams in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, plus one in the Mansfield Sunday League and five youth teams up to under-15 level.

In the new 2014 season, their main side, captained by prolific all-rounder Robin Maxwell, will be bidding to win promotion from the top flight of the South Notts League to the elite Notts Premier League.