South Holderness Cricket Club awarded Commuted Sums

Thu, 30 Jul 2020

South Holderness Cricket Club have completed the works to their ground at Middle Lane, Hedon, using the £8,245 awarded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.

South Holderness Cricket Club was established in 1882 and currently consists of between 15 and 25 senior members.

The funding was awarded to pollard the trees that were overhanging the pitch, purchase a new mobile net cage and refurbish the artificial wicket.

The four ash trees dangerously overhung the pitch, clubhouse and spectator areas and required pollarding to make the ground much safer for players and spectators. The new mobile net cage will be used by all players on practice nights, as it can be used on both the artificial and grass wickets and replaces a 10 year old cage that was in poor condition. The artificial wicket, which was also 10 years old and in poor condition, will be used for Junior matches.

Mike Oliver, Chairman, commented: "I would just like to say that everything went smoothly with the Commuted Sums grant, even with the Covid 19 delay; we managed to just get done in time for the restart of recreational cricket.

"It has already made a massive difference; the trees no longer pose a Health and Safety threat, and the Artificial Wicket and new Mobile net have already had plenty of use from both Junior and Senior members in the two weeks since they were completed.

"We now have the latest up to date training and playing facilities that will benefit everyone at our club for years to come.

"Thank you to Lea Anne Wright, Commuted Sums Manager at the council, for all your help in making this project come to life, from everyone at South Holderness Cricket Club."

Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for enhancing communities, said : "I am delighted we have been able to facilitate these much needed improvements at South Holderness Cricket Club through commuted sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval. I wish the Club all the best for the future."