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Kent get stuck in to CricketForce

Kent's St Lawrence Ground saw an army of nearly 100 volunteers - including Derek Underwood - brave the elements to make an early difference for NatWest CricketForce.

Getting in early before the start of the season, and the official NatWest CricketForce 2009 weekend of April 4-5, Kent marked the start of two weeks of volunteering across the county, all designed to enhance the facilities at cricket clubs, with two days of activity on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.

Andy Griffiths and Clair Gould have lead the St Lawrence Ground project that saw Board members, staff, members, players and many supporters all joined together to tackle some key pre-season jobs.

Tasks undertaken on the Friday were cleaning every area of ground including the seating, stands and the turnstile area; preparation for the redecorating the Les Ames hospitality boxes and generally tidying the ground ready for the start of the season.

Derek Underwood

Derek Underwood gets stuck in to some painting

On Saturday, helpers from all walks of Kent cricketing life rolled up their sleeves for another day of work. Derek Underwood, former Kent and England cricketer and currently a very busy MCC President joined in the pre-season spruce up.

The team of helpers were also given a boost when two of the county’s leading cricketers James Tredwell and Lydia Greenway joined in.

Lydia, hot-foot from her World Cup success, was struggling to acclimatise to UK conditions after six months down under but was soon armed with a cleaning brush - and her World Cup winners medal of course!

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Paul Millman, James Tredwell, Derek Underwood and Lydia Greenway (Lydia has 16 jumpers on!)

Work continued in the Les Ames hospitality boxes and they were left in tremendous shape - much more pleasant for this summer’s box holders. The inside of all the stands were given a thorough clean - the Pavilion Upper faithful will be amazed at the difference. The Academy players turned out in force - and did a great job ensuring that the entrance and turnstiles were gleaming.

Commenting on the work undertaken Paul Millman, Kent chief executive, said: “A tremendous amount has been achieved and the ground is much smart for it. We are particularly pleased with the Les Ames Hospitality Boxes and this is bound to be welcomed by our box holders.

"Thanks to all those who helped – they really have made a big difference to the St Lawrence Ground for the start of the season."