Whalley Road receives a welcome sprucing up

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READ Cricket Club came out in force on Saturday for a pre-season sprucing up of their Whalley Road ground.

As part of the NatWest Cicketforce programme - an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities - committee members, players, supporters, friends and families turned out to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovations before the start of the 2011 Ribblesdale League season.

The volunteers helped out with painting, whitewashing and general tidying and repairs, and Gareth Halley, Steve Lowes and Pat Wood are pictured, left.

The total clubs registered for 2011 has already surpassed last year’s record of 1,642 - producing an estimated 85,000 volunteers - making a total towards 2,000 a real possibility.

Read have also received sponsored covers (pictured, above) ahead of the new campaign, courtesy of Pendle Hill Properties.

Read chairman Steve Lowes said: “The covers have made a fantastic difference to the quality of the wickets and cricket at Read, and we would like to thank Pendle Hill Properties for their generosity.”