CRICKETERS are delighted to have scooped a £6,000 grant to pay for a new storage shed.
Burghley Park Cricket Club entered the NatWest CommunityForce Award scheme in the hope of winning enough money to buy a new shed for its groundsman.
The club secured the cash thanks to an on-line public vote and officials received a cheque at their ground in Barnack Road, Stamford, this week.
Club captain Chris Meadows said: “The money will be spent on a storage shed to house the tractor, roller and all the other equipment we need to keep the club going.”
The current wooden shed is in a poor state of repair but the new steel one should last the club at least 25 years.
Mr Meadows added: “We asked everyone we knew to vote for the club and they obviously did, which is fantastic. We would like to thank everyone who voted.”
The cheque was presented by Angela Major, the manager of NatWest’s Stamford branch.
She said: “We had a fantastic response to CommunityForce and it’s clear that people in the local area are very passionate about this cause.
“Local residents voted for the Burghley Park Cricket Club in great numbers and this certainly demonstrates how important it is to the community.”
The club currently has about 100 members but hopes to attract new players this year with the launch of a girls’ team.
Five other local organisations had put themselves forward for the CommunityForce scheme.
Cottesmore Amateurs Football Club, BigPinkHeart, The Rutland Card, Collyweston Playing Field Association and Newborough and Borough Fen Playing Field Committee were short-listed but failed to gain enough votes to win a grant.