Sidmouth cricketers all set for 2017 NatWest Cricket Force Day

Sidmouth Cricket Club at The Fortfield

Sidmouth Cricket Club at The Fortfield - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Cricket Club will be preparing for the new season when it participates in NatWest Cricket Force day on Saturday (April 1).

The event prompts clubs to get their facilities into shape ahead of the new season, which in Sidmouth’s case begins on April 15 when Werrington arrive from Cornwall. The following day the ground hosts Devon and a Somerset XI.

Sidmouth players and supporters’ main task is to erect the practice nets which are in their third season since renovation.

Paint and timber preservative will be applied to the sightscreens, the cladding of the thatched pavilion and scorebox which this season will have new LED display, thanks to a generous donation by Michael Cunliffe.

The club hopes to have its clock back in place on the pavilion following repairs necessary for the first time since it was put in place during the 1980s as a memorial to Charles Hockin.

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Materials for the tasks will be obtained through a sponsorship deal operated by the England and Wales Cricket Board with Jewson - by lodging £50 Sidmouth can buy goods to the value of £250.

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