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Anderson and Gunn praise volunteers

James Anderson

James Anderson was delighted to be part of a large turnout for the NatWest CricketForce project at North Marine Road

England seamers James Anderson and Jenny Gunn were bowled over by the turnout for NatWest CricketForce at North Marine Road in Scarborough.

Anderson and Gunn were on hand, along with legendary umpire Dickie Bird, to give Yorkshire’s out-ground a spring clean ahead of the new season.

The home of Scarbrough CC is the third showcase project for this weekend’s event after Harrow St Mary’s in London on Friday and Gedling Colliery near Nottingham yesterday.

Lancashire’s Anderson helped out at Saltaire CC near Bradford in 2005 and is aware just how much NatWest CricketForce has grown since, with more than 1,600 clubs taking part this year.

“It was Saltaire Cricket Club a few years ago, I was doing a similar sort of thing. It seems like it’s become more popular,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“It’s brilliant to see everyone here. There are a lot of people here. Actually for a club ground, it’s a very big ground. People are spread out doing different jobs. It’s just brilliant to see.”

Anderson was rested from England’s tour of Bangladesh to aid his recovery from a knee injury and raring to play again.

He hopes to take part in Lancashire’s early season domestic programme before heading to the West Indies for the ICC World Twenty20.

“The rehab’s gone really well. I’m not feeling anything in the knee any more and I’m just looking forward to start playing again,” he added. “It’s been a nice break. I’ve done a lot of work in the gym and I feel refreshed and ready to go.”

Katherine Brunt, James Anderson & Jenny Gunn

Jenny Gunn, second right, enthused: “It’s always hard work so to have a laugh as well it makes the day a lot more fun"

“I obviously need to play some cricket to prove my fitness. Hopefully I can get a few games for Lancashire, which will be nice, and hopefully the knee can stand up to it.”

Gunn, who is aiming to be involved in the women’s World Twenty20, spoke before going to get involved with the other volunteers at a bright but blustery North Marine Road.

“It’s great the amount of volunteers here so I’ve been getting round talking to them, then I’m going to get stuck into some painting and helping out,” she said.

“Everyone’s all around the ground. It’s full on, everyone helping - kids and adults. It’s getting a good spring clean, the whole ground is.

“Each year it’s just growing and this is the most volunteers I’ve seen, from all ages as well not just adults. Everyone has come down to help.

“It’s just really good to see that people are interested in cricket and interested about their clubs.”

Gunn has helped with several previous NatWest CricketForce projects and understands the value of everyone having a good time.

“It’s been a real good laugh. Dickie Bird’s been here and providing everyone with a bit of entertainment as well and kept it light-hearted,” she enthused.

“It’s always hard work so to have a laugh as well it makes the day a lot more fun. To do the painting is not always a fun job, but it’s a job that has to be done.”