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Gloucestershire give CricketForce a boost

Gloucestershire's players are throwing their support behind this weekend's NatWest CricketForce by dropping their bats and picking up paint brushes.

The majority of the squad are visiting local clubs across the county to to take part in the ECB's grassroots initiative.

This year more than 1,500 clubs have signed up - beating last year's record - and the weekend's event is expected to see more than 85,000 volunteers donate around £40m in cash and kind.

Alex Gidman

Alex Gidman will be helping out at Cheltenham Cricket Club this weekend

Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman will be visiting Cheltenham Cricket Club who have a variety of tasks planned from oiling benches to painting the inside of their clubhouse.

Club secretary Carolyn Mills is looking forward to the hard work ahead.

“NatWest CricketForce is a fantastic initiative and very important to us as a club," she said.

"It provides an opportunity for members and their families, along with local businesses and the community around us, to come together at the start of the season and improve our facilities.”

In Bristol, Frenchay Cricket Club will be boosted by the appearance of Steve Kirby, Grant Hodnett and Steve Adshead.

On Sunday Twyford House Cricket Club has linked with NatWest to involve their employees. They will be joined by Jon Lewis and Anthony Ireland to help prepare the club’s facilities for the season ahead.