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Derbyshire, Essex and Somerset back NatWest CricketForce 2007

Derbyshire, Essex and Somerset are the latest counties to confirm their plans to support their local clubs and participate in NatWest CricketForce 2007.

The national volunteering event is all set to have more than 1000 clubs taking part again in 2007 on NatWest CricketForce weekend of March 31 – April 1.

Derbyshire have committed to their players being out in force on the Saturday, visiting various projects throughout the County, which already number 28 with over a month to go.

Derbyshire Cricket Board are also receiving assistance from the Derbyshire County Sports Partnership, which is supporting Clifton Cricket Club through the whole NatWest CricketForce experience.

The club recently held a launch of their project which was very well supported by club members and volunteers, plus local district and county council representatives - while Derbyshire’s Ant Botha, who came to prominence at Clifton CC, also went along to lend his support.

Essex and Somerset have taken a slightly different tack, and are currently planning their own NatWest CricketForce events at their respective county grounds.

‘Staff Force Somerset’ is scheduled to take place at Taunton on Thursday March 29 – with all the county’s staff set to be involved in projects around the ground. Somerset have decided to close their main office for the day, and will be closing the function rooms and bar.

Somerset’s players will be heavily involved and the county are also inviting club members to come along and get stuck in!

Essex, meanwhile, are set to go for it at Chelmsford the previous weekend. Essex CCC and Essex County Cricket Board are planning their own mini NatWest CricketForce 2007 on March 24 at The Ford County Ground, and are confident of having 30-plus members, staff and players taking part.