Cricket club opens its doors for community open day

AN open day was held by Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club
AN open day was held by Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club

One of the leading cricket clubs in the Dispatch district opened its doors to the local community at its big match of the season.

Papplewick and Linby welcomed all to its picturesque ground next to Papplewick Hall at a special open day.

And more than 100 people enjoyed an exciting clash between promotion-chasing Papplewick and tabletopping Farnsfield, as well as a barbecue and other attractions.

It was one of hundreds of open days that have been held by cricket clubs up and down the country this summer, to coincide with England international matches, as part of an initiative by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“The events can help to recruit new players, new members or volunteers, raise funds and raise the profile of clubs in their local communities,” said an ECB spokesman. The open days are sponsored by supermarket chain Waitrose, who provide £100 worth of food and drink, and the only stipulation is that the clubs show the England game on TV screens at the same time. England were playing India at Trent Bridge in a one-day international during Papplewick’s event.

Said Papplewick and Linby chairman Neil South: “It was a good chance for us to engage with the two villages, where we are still quite a well-kept secret, which amazes me.”

In the game itself, Papplewick could manage only a losing draw, which ended their hopes of immediate promotion back to the Notts Premier League. However, 24 hours later, they celebrated two titles on the same day when their Sunday teams were crowned champions.