Essex join forces with local clubs
Essex did their bit for NatWest CricketForce after 61 clubs in the county took part in the nationwide volunteering event.
Essex pace bowlers Mervyn Westfield and Maurice Chambers were among those lending a hand over the weekend, when clubs up and down the country rallied together to spruce up their facilities.
Westfield, who handed out free tickets to Essex matches on his travels, was keen to put something back into the local community.
“All players start their cricket careers at local clubs and it is crucial that we support the game’s development,” he said.
“Good facilities and a fun environment can be the difference between youngsters staying with cricket or not and NatWest CricketForce helps make clubs a real focus for community sports activities and volunteering opportunities.”
Tracey Davies, cricket development manager at Essex, added: “We are really impressed with the effort that clubs in Essex have gone to this year with improving their cricket facilities and engaging the community so effectively.
“The amount of time cricket club volunteers give is astonishing, not just to Natwest CricketForce but all year round.
“It is the volunteers that keep cricket alive and thriving. It makes one very proud to be part of cricket development in Essex.”