Newmarket Cricket Club announce plans for new nets, fencing and electronic score hut at The Severals Sports Ground
Newmarket Cricket Club have plans in place to further enhance their Severals Sports Ground base.
The club, which is highly active again having previously disbanded in 2017, are keen to install a two-wicket cricket net which will not only benefit their players but also the local community.
Once the resource is up and fully functioning, the club will allow schools within the area to use it for their pupils free of charge.
Safety fencing along both of the main roads that surround the town centre venue and a new electronic scoring hut are also on the agenda, all of which it is hoped will be ready in time for when the 2022 campaign gets under way.
Chairman Frank Stennett said: “Cricket nets are essential for the development of young players, and their continued training and development through the years.
“The scorers hut is a natural progression from our current cumbersome scoring facility to a new electronic score hut to give the club more of a professional and tidy image for such an important location, ensuring the club complies with the ECB rules and regulations.
“It has always been the intention to involve the local community, particularly schools, and once the cricket nets are installed the club will be making the facility at the Severals Sports Ground free of charge to schools within the Newmarket area.
“This ties in with the new sport safety fencing which would replace the ageing wooden fencing, mainly for safety reasons to ensure that children are better protected whilst they are attending the Severals Sports Ground from the busy nearby traffic considering there’s two main roads adjoining.
“This facility will be used by the cricket club, schools, local community, people wanting to hire The Severals and events.”
Suffolk News recently reported how Newmarket are planning to launch a second Saturday side next season, having been swamped with requests from potential new players.
And according to Stennett, that has further enhanced the need to improve the current facilities.
“We have been overwhelmed by the level of interest from individuals of all ages, abilities, race, religion and gender who want to play and train at our cricket club.” he added. “This is another reason why the club are making plans for these enhanced facilities.
“We are confident that these important improvements are in the interest of the community as a whole.”