FRIDAY 29TH JUNE 2018
MICK GEORGE NETS GRAND OPENING
Bluntisham Cricket Club would like to place on record their thanks to Charlotte Edwards for officially opening the new net facility on Friday night. As well their gratitude to Mick George Ltd for being the major funder of the project along with two other local charities.
Charlotte conducted a practice session in the new net with Bluntisham’s Junior and All Stars players. This is the first year the cricket club have run the All Stars scheme and we are delighted to have welcomed 25 new children to the club. These children, as well as the many juniors, clearly underline the club's ethos.
Once the net facility had been officially opened, the T20 pink ball match commenced. Charlotte, alongside some of her family members and a Mick George XI, took on Bluntisham Cricket Club, chasing down 192 with nine balls left.
The evening was a roaring success and well supported by local people. Due to a number of kind raffle prize donations by local businesses and the barbecue, the club has secured the necessary funding for the upkeep of the nets.
Something which Charlotte Edwards said herself is so important, “Good facilities are the basis of any good club and attract people to your club. To think you’ve got two world-class nets just to the side of the pavilion, hopefully, it will attract many youngsters from surrounding areas to Bluntisham and keep the club thriving over the next few years.
“I put a lot of my success down to club cricket, it’s where you begin the game, it’s where you learn the game. You meet so many people. Without volunteers at clubs, without a facility like you’ve got here at Bluntisham, you can’t fall in love with cricket. Club cricket is so important to the growth of the game in this country.”
Finally, Charlotte finished by summing up what was a super evening in Bluntisham and commenting on how the club has created the right environment for people of all ages to get involved.
“I can't speak highly enough of it (Club cricket at Bluntisham), it looks like there is a great atmosphere around this club, a real community feel and I think that is really important. You have to create that kind of environment so people want to come down and watch and want to get involved so the club keeps thriving and getting better.”
To read the full story of how Bluntisham CC secured the nets, click here.
Photos taken by Ollie Slack and Melvyn Sibson