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Rainham ready for step up

Rainham CC

Volunteers paint the the bar area as part of the rennovation work at Rainham CC's Spring Farm Park last weekend

Rainham CC have made the most of their NatWest CricketForce weekend to spruce up their facilities ahead of their first season in Division Five of the Mid-Essex Cricket League.

Thanks to the assistance of volunteers and funding of local businesses, the Essex club - in existence since 1876 - overhauled their premises at Spring Farm Park.

Businesses donated more than £1000 of materials and services free of charge allowing volunteers to revamp their kitchen and bar facilities, replace their lighting and clear areas in preparation for their new sight screens and mobile nets.

They also painted the changing rooms and umpires’ room.

Volunteers, varying in age from 10 to 55, turned up for the day - a positive omen given the club’s objective of increasing interest among juniors and seniors alike.

The club have two senior Saturday sides with the first team looking forward to playing its first season in Division Five of the Mid-Essex Cricket League and the second team playing in the Lords International South Essex League.

And they also have a youth section with under 11, 13 and 15 sides playing friendly fixtures on Sundays and mid week.

Such was the success of the day, club secretary Peter Reynolds said: “We want to ensure the CricketForce day is embedded within the club culture.

He added: “We want the cricket club to become a focal point for the area ensuring that juniors have a positive environment to play cricket within the spirit of the game and enhance their life skills.”