PREPARATIONS for the new season at Kidderminster Cricket Club have been boosted by a £2,000 grant from an international mutual society.

Foresters Financial also provided volunteers to help at the club’s ECB/NatWest CricketForce at the weekend as cricketers and their families gave the Chester Road ground its annual spring clean and makeover.

The grant funded the replacement of four rotten pavilion windows with upvc double-glazed units and paid for gallons of paint, plants and maintenance equipment.

CricketForce co-ordinator Sarah Beadsworth said: “This was one of our best ever – and a huge thank you is due to the Foresters for the grant and volunteer support, as well as to our own members who turned out to help.

“We are also very grateful to Iris Construction and Fusion Windows, to Express Tool Hire and to the Jewson ECB Privilege Scheme, which gives us £100 worth of free products.”

Summer training for the senior section started last Thursday and junior training starts tomorrow (Friday) for boys and girls aged from seven to 16, 6pm until 8pm.

New players are welcome and two free taster sessions are offered to juniors who wish to try the sport before deciding if they would like to join. For more details contact Mrs Beadsworth on 07841 502535.