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A will and a way at Willoughby

The cricket season got off to a great start at Willoughby Cricket Club with members both young and old pitching in as part of this year’s NatWest CricketForce weekend.

Players and officials, ranging from seven years old to 75, converged on The Green to undertake a busy morning of pre-season cleaning and maintenance as part of NatWest CricketForce, an ECB-led initiative aimed at rejuvenating cricket facilities throughout England and Wales.

Willoughby Cricket Club

Both young and old converged on Willoughby Cricket Club to help out with this year's NatWest CricketForce initiative

Almost 2,000 clubs across England and Wales took part over the weekend in this national event.

For their part Willoughby’s hard working contingent completed a series of works in the pavilion, on the playing square and around the ground to ensure the club is clean, fresh and ready for the start of the new season.

"We have been involved with NatWest CricketForce since it started and this has probably been our best event to date," said the club's Karl Quinney.

"The support we have received has been great and we thank everyone for their time and efforts. The morning has once again been well worth it and demonstrated what a great club spirit and community we have."

A series of incentives including free t-shirts and a free breakfast for everyone helped matters along the way.

To also assist their efforts, Willoughby also received a very sizeable donation of tea from Yorkshire Tea.

"We would like to extend our thanks to the Rugby stores of Asda, Tesco and Wilkinsons for their kind support and donations to the event."