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Former England bowler Alex Tudor opens double lane net facility at Worlington Cricket Club

Former England international cricketer Alex Tudor officially opened Worlington Cricket Club’s newly-installed double lane net facility on Friday evening.

The installation, which has been made possible by the grant funding of Mick George/Frimstone and Sport England, is the latest addition in the club’s aim to create a sustainable club supplying cricket opportunities to the entire community.

Mark Swan, managing director at Frimstone, commented: “It’s great to see the benefits of our new Community Fund offering starting to be evidenced.

Alex Tudor opens new nets at Worlington Cricket Club Picture Mark Westley (9376728)
Alex Tudor opens new nets at Worlington Cricket Club Picture Mark Westley (9376728)

“With such a high profile figure opening this particular facility it shows the vital role it could play in developing local talent. We look forward to supporting many more similar initiatives.”

Meanwhile, Worlington CC chairman Paul Marston added: “The project has taken four years from conception to completion and we are very proud of the facility and its potential.

“These are very exciting times for the club as we are also fielding three Saturday teams for the first time as well as two Sunday teams.

“We are also expanding our youth set-up to cater from ages four to 19 and are in the process of forming our first ladies side, all of which will benefit greatly from this facility and further demonstrates our desire to offer cricket to all in the community.”

Sport England, who helped fund the purchase of the facility, said: “Sport England are delighted to support Worlington CC’s new practice nets. The project will hopefully draw in some interest to cricket in the area and be a huge benefit to the community.”

* On the pitch, defending Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One champions Worlington (322-4) played out a tie with Hadleigh (322-7) on Saturday.

James Watson (118) and Mark Nunn (89no) were the pick of the Worlington batsman while Ziaf Kulasi (3-42) was their leading wicket taker.

On Saturday they travel to Essex to take on Witham (1pm).

* On Sunday Worlington (404-3) opened up the road to a Lord’s final in the National Village Cup with a comfortable 187-run home win over Matching Green (217-9).

Richard Ford (131) and Craig Estlea (173) took the game away from the visitors with unbeaten centuries before Frank Stennett (4-49) did much of the damage with the ball.

Worlington will head to Little Bardfield Village in the next round on May 12.