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Net gains at Leeds & Broomfield

Leeds & Broomfield CC

Leeds & Broomfield CC, described by Hugh Robertson as "one of the loveliest grounds in the country", showcase their new net facilities

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sports and Olympics, and former Essex and England fast bowler John Lever helped open Leeds & Broomfield CC’s new net facilities.

They were among the 100 people who attended the official ceremony at the weekend, which saw the unveiling of two bays of artificial nets.

Leeds & Broomfield, which overlooks Leeds Castle in Kent, celebrate their 250th anniversary next year, and Robertson, a playing member of the MCC, said: “This must be one of the loveliest grounds in the country.”

He described the completion of the project as an example of how clubs like Leeds & Broomfield can work successfully with other organisations for the direct benefit of the club and community.

More than £65,000 was raised since the project began more than five years ago, while the ECB played their part with a £20,000 grant.

Leeds & Broomfield chairman John Fletcher said: “It is a proud moment for all those at the club who have worked so hard to turn our ambitions into reality.

“We are grateful to all the organisations that have supported us, including several local charities that have made generous contributions.”