Cricket club delighted after scoring a funding boost

From left in front of the new scorebox are Councillor Brenda Loynes, Susanne Wilkinson, Volunteer Secretary of Hartlepool Cricket Club, Alan Jackson, Chairman of Hartlepool Cricket Club, Joe Palmer of Drive Hartlepool and Hartlepool Borough Council Staff Lottery Committee members Michelle Rae and Alan Welsh.
From left in front of the new scorebox are Councillor Brenda Loynes, Susanne Wilkinson, Volunteer Secretary of Hartlepool Cricket Club, Alan Jackson, Chairman of Hartlepool Cricket Club, Joe Palmer of Drive Hartlepool and Hartlepool Borough Council Staff Lottery Committee members Michelle Rae and Alan Welsh.

Hartlepool’s premier cricket club has a new scorebox for the 2017 season thanks to fantastic support from the local community.

Hartlepool Cricket Club, which plays in the North Yorkshire & South Durham (NYSD) Premier League, unveiled its state-of-the-art electronic scorebox at Park Drive.

The club, which was founded in 1855, received funding towards the new facility from local Vauxhall dealership Drive Hartlepool, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Staff Lottery Fund as well as contributions from the Ward Budgets of the three local councillors for the area - councillors Brenda Loynes, Dr George Morris and Ray Martin-Wells.

Hartlepool Cricket Club chairman Alan Jackson said: “We are very grateful for the support from the local community. The previous electronic scorebox was opened in 1987 by our late President and former player Ken Gardner; it has operated with an electronic system since 1999 and after 18 years it had come to the end of its working life.

“We are very proud of the sporting opportunities which our club provides for local people and it’s great to see the community coming together to help enhance our facilities.”

The club has three senior teams playing in the NYSD leagues and has six junior teams from under-9s to under-17s.

Park Drive also hosts Durham County Cricket Club matches on occasions and regularly hosts cricket festivals, school tournaments and representative matches.

Joe Palmer, area manager for Drive Hartlepool & Redcar, said: “Drive Hartlepool is committed to supporting the local community whenever it can and we are delighted to play our part in helping to bring this project to fruition.”

Councillor Brenda Loynes, a councillor for the Rural West Ward, added: “Hartlepool Cricket Club is a fantastic community asset which provides enjoyment for local people and the Rural West ward councillors are delighted to show their support.”

Hartlepool Cricket Club was the first cricket club in the Durham area to be awarded the prestigious ‘Clubmark’ status in 2003 by the English Cricket Board.

Clubmark accreditation is a demonstration that a club is well run and provides the right environment for its members, including recognition of it being a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for people of all ages.