Volunteers are out in force ahead of season

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Stanton by Dale cricket club. cricket force day.
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Volunteers from Stanton-by-Dale Cricket Club were out in force over the weekend as part of the national NatWest CricketForce initiative.

NatWest CricketForce is an ECB grassroots volunteering initiative supported by NatWest, which has been running for 12 years and encourages cricket clubs to engage with their local community for help with renovation projects and ground improvements.

A record number of 1,968 clubs have registered for NatWest CricketForce 2013. Participation in NatWest CricketForce has rocketed since its launch in 2002, when just one showcase club took part. NatWest CricketForce has grown for the 12 consecutive year and in 2012 saw thousands of volunteers including NatWest staff, county and England players help out at their local clubs over the weekend.

Stanton-by-Dale Cricket Club members and volunteers were on hand over the weekend to carry out important work to the ground, pitch and facilities ahead of the new season, which starts later this month.

Stanton is a club with a long history and was founded in 1868. There are currently three teams to suit all ages and abilities. Having for many years been members of the South Notts Village League, last year the club decided to rejoin the Derbyshire County Cricket League.

So, on Saturdays from April 20 to September 7, the First XI will be competing in Division 7N and the Second XI in Division 10N, with players looking forward to renewing old rivalries.

The Friendly XI is in action on Sundays throughout the season and Stanton-by-Dale also arrange midweek nets, and, on the long summer evenings, 20:20 fixtures.

Every July the club goes on a week’s tour of the Cotswolds, staying in the jockeys’ quarters at Cheltenham, and players receive a very warm welcome from village sides they have visited for over 20 years.

There is an Awards Dinner at the end of the season and recent guest speakers have been Mike Hendrick, Derek Randall and Jonathan Agnew.

Players, former players, families and friends are all part of Stanton-by-Dale Cricket Club, whether on the pitch, in the pavilion, in the 100 Club or at the HQ, The

Stanhope Arms, to be found in the village.

If you would like to join, support or sponsor the club, you can get in touch or have a walk up to the ground on any match day. Stanton-by-Dale CC welcomes new players, scorers, umpires, spectators - anyone interested in the sport and fellowship of cricket.

The club is situated at the Crompton Ground, School Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Ilkeston, DE7 4QJ, and more details are available at http://stantonbydale.play-cricket.com/home/home.