Willoughby set to spruce up ground

By Jamie Arrowsmith 28/03 Updated: 28/03 11:39

WILLOUGHBY CC will step up their preparations for the new cricket season on Saturday when they take part in Natwest CricketForce day.

Club members, players and officials, young and old, will all be popping to the club’s pre-season ‘clean-up’, running from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

NatWest CricketForce is a national volunteer programme which brings together around 85,000 volunteers each year for a busy weekend of renovations - from painting sightscreens to building new pavilions.

Again Willoughby are part of it and are encouraging as many people from all sections within the club to get along and pitch in, even if it is just for an hour.

The club will again have a couple of incentives to hopefully inspire as many club members to go along and help, including free Natwest CricketForce T-shirts for the first 30 that arrive, free tea, coffee and soft drinks during the morning, free bar-be-cue breakfast and a free pint or soft drink for all helpers from the bar on completion of the morning’s work.

There will also be a competition for the junior members to make a scarecrow, to go towards the club’s involvement in next month’s Scarecrow Festival in the village.

When all of the work is completed off the field, attentions will turn to the on field action which gets underway with home friendlies against Braunston Paddox and Leamington Khalsa on April 14 and 21 respectively (both 2pm).

Following those warm-up fixtures, the first weekend of the South Northants Cricket League campaign is on April 28. The 1st XI will again compete in Division One and begin at home to Greens Norton, whilst the 2nds begin life back in Division Four with a visit to Chipping Warden.

The league seasons for Willoughby’s juniors start on April 24 when the u13s make the short trip to Barby. The u15s have their first fixture on May 3 with a visit to Long Itchington, whilst the club’s new u11s have their very first game on May 17 when they travel to Oakfield.

WITH indoor nets finished, a series of outdoor net/training sessions for seniors and the u11s, u13s and u15 youth/junior cricket sections will be taking shape in the coming weeks.

Details of dates and times will be in circulation and posted on the club website at in the coming week.

THE club are always keen to welcome new playing members at both senior and junior levels. For further information on joining and playing in 2012, contact Karl on 01788 542441, Martin on 01788 334850 or go to

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