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Stars out in force at Heywood

David 'Bumble' Lloyd helped out at Heywood as NatWest CricketForce came to Lancashire

Famous names were aplenty for NatWest CricketForce at Heywood Cricket Club in Lancashire yesterday.

Former England coach and batsman David Lloyd and former England captain Mike Gatting were among those lending a helping hand.

There was also Lancashire opening batsman Stephen Moore, fresh from victory over MCC in Abu Dhabi, Kate Cross from the England women’s academy and umpire John Holder.

Heywood chairman Mike Law was delighted with the day.

NatWest CricketForce Logo 2012

“We’ve had 300-plus people from the locality,” he told ecb.co.uk. “That, along with the donations, is just what the ECB wanted.

“Certain visitors like Dave Leighton and Mike Gatting have been very impressed by the facilities and group of people. Hopefully it will create a bit more interest in the club.”

Law added: “We worked on the area around the ground. We painted at least 100 yards of concrete fence in a quarter of an hour.

“People engaged in the challenge and hopefully there’ll be a spin-off next year.”

Law was grateful to first team captain Bobby Cross and club secretary Glen Edwards for doing the bulk of the organising.

“It was a good day all round,” he said. “We’ve been involved in CricketForce over the last 18 months since we gained clubmark status.

“The main impetus from first team captain Bobby Cross as it’s only my first year as chairman. It’s been Bobby who has done it and organised it along with Glen Edwards.”

Mike Gatting, John Holder & David Lloyd

Mike Gatting, John Holder, David Lloyd and a furry friend were among those to lend a helping hand at Heywood Cricket Club in Lancashire