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North Marine Road set for renovation

LV County Championship - Scarborough

North Maine Road plays host to first-class Yorkshire matches, including at the extremely popular Scarborough cricket festival

Scarborough Cricket Club has been named as one of three national showcase NatWest CricketForce projects in 2010.

The North Marine Road ground requires refurbishment in order to preserve first-class county cricket at Scarborough.

And volunteers are being encouraged to help make vital improvements to the ground’s facilities over the weekend of March 26, 27 and 28.

Yorkshire have a long-standing relationship with Scarborough Cricket Club - Yorkshire won their first County Championship for 33 years at North Marine Road in 2001 - and chief executive Stewart Regan reiterated their desire to continue playing at the venue.

Regan said: “We are urging everyone to get behind the NatWest CricketForce programme and show their support for Scarborough Cricket Club so we can all ensure that first-class cricket can remain at Scarborough.

“Scarborough has a special place on the Yorkshire fixture list and everyone needs to realise the value of these games to the local community and the East Coast area.”

The ground is also home to the Scarborough cricket festival - one of the oldest and best attended. In 2009, 28,000 visitors came to the festival.

Yorkshire are currently working with the Yorkshire Cricket Board to develop the Yorkshire cricket young leaders academy.

The NatWest CricketForce weekend will be the first opportunity for young leaders from across Yorkshire to gain experience working for a professional sports club.