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Ipswich do things Wright way

ECBtv joined more than 100 volunteers at Ipswich on Sunday for NatWest CricketForce

Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright and former England captain Mike Gatting helped Ipswich Cricket Club transform their ground as part of NatWest CricketForce yesterday.

Ipswich became a NatWest CricketForce showcase club last October and members turned out in droves to spruce up their home.

“To come round and see so many volunteers here is amazing. I’ve seen Gatt already digging his hole,” Wright told ECBtv. “It’s a beautiful day for it and it’s nice to see everyone getting together and mucking in really.”

“It’s just great because it gets all the community together, mucking in together, and really improving the grounds and hopefully help bring some kids up playing on some good pitches.

“You can’t do it without volunteers. You need the numbers otherwise it wouldn’t happen. Luckily with this NatWest CricketForce it really has brought the numbers.

“Someone said there was 85,000 volunteers around the country now helping out, which is absolutely amazing.

“Every club I’ve been to so far there have been so many people helping and mucking in, from all ranges. From young kids to old ladies helping out painting, so it’s been a great event.”

Ipswich was Gatting’s last destination after dropping in at Ashtead CC in Surrey and Calne CC in Wiltshire, among other destinations.

“It’s just another fabulous effort by the people here to see what’s going on,” said Gatting.

“It’s probably been the biggest project over the weekend that we’ve had. Yesterday at Coventry was huge, I thought, but this is even bigger.”