YOUNG cricketers have been bowled over with the installation of a new £7,000 artificial wicket at Kidderminster Cricket Club’s Chester Road ground.

The new facility was unveiled to the junior section during the club’s CricketForce weekend, when members prepare for the new season with cleaning and painting to make sure the ground is in top order.

The wicket has been funded by Sport England and replaces one that was wearing out. It has also been re-positioned to allow a bigger boundary and enable up to under-12s to play matches on it.

Junior section chairman Sarah Beadsworth said: “We are indebted to Sport England for the funding which has enabled us to provide a quality wicket and greater flexibility, ensuring the maximum number of games possible can be played at Chester Road even when our junior grass wickets are too wet to use.”

Around 50 volunteers – senior and junior players and their families – helped at the annual CricketForce event on Saturday and Sunday (April 6 and 7) with a host of jobs including repainting 16 benches, cleaning the changing rooms and tidying the equipment sheds.