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Cricket Foundation pitches in for NatWest CricketForce

The Cricket Foundation showed its support for NatWest CricketForce by arranging for non-turf pitches, each worth £3,000, to be installed at two of the scheme’s flagship 2009 cricket clubs.

Ashtead Cricket Club in Surrey and Calne Cricket Club in Wiltshire received the pitches as part of their club events for NatWest CricketForce 2009.

Wasim Khan, Director of Operations and Development at the Cricket Foundation, said: “Non-turf pitches are a fantastic addition to any club’s ground and will enable more competitive fixtures to be played.

"We hope this collaborative effort between the Cricket Foundation and ECB will benefit Calne and Ashtead Cricket Clubs for many years to come.”

Through the ongoing financial support of The Lord’s Taverners, the charity installed 27 non-turf pitches in 2008 as part of the Chance to shine programme; 11 in secondary schools and 16 in cricket clubs.

ECB Club Programme Manager David Leighton said: "It's great to see the power of combining Chance to shine and NatWest CricketForce. The addition of non-turf pitches to Ashtead and Calne will add real value and enhance the legacy of cricket to these communities."

NatWest CricketForce encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake major renovations to clubhouses and grounds.

A host of England and county stars joined forces with over 1,500 clubs and an estimated 85,000 volunteers signed up to take part in NatWest CricketForce from 3-5 April.

Chance to shine is the Cricket Foundation’s £50million campaign, backed by the ECB, to bring the educational benefits of cricket to two million youngsters by 2015.