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Berkshire buys into CricketForce

DG Phillips, Theresa May & Ali Driver

Theresa May MP, centre, with president DG Phillips and Ali Driver of Sonning CC at NatWest CricketForce weekend

Cricket clubs in Berkshire bought into the spirit of NatWest CricketForce as vital improvements to facilities were carried out over the keynote weekend.

NatWest CricketForce 2010, taking in the weekend of March 27 and 28, saw 85,000 volunteers from a record 1,642 cricket clubs across England and Wales take part in crucial ground work and renovations ahead of the coming season.

Sonning CC, a club on the edge of Reading, were visited during the day by Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead and shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Members gave their clubhouse a lick of paint and went ahead with plans to assemble new sightscreens.

Sonning chairman Ali Driver, who carried out ground levelling ahead of the new season, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic turnout by everyone - 28 members in total, delivering in excess of 120 man-hours of hard graft.

“The weather was fine in the end, and if the nuts, bolts and fittings for the portable nets had been delivered as they were supposed to have been it would have been a perfect day.”

Three-hundred hours of work were put in at Purley-on-Thames CC, close to Reading, rounded off by a snail racing event which raised over £400 for the club.

Volunteers from Hurley CC, near Marlow, carried out crucial work on the sightscreens at their ground.