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Whittington CC Dennis Amiss Danielle Wyatt Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP (left), Dennis Amiss and Danielle Wyatt join in the NatWest CricketForce 2011 effort at Whittington

Whittington Cricket Club have set an early benchmark for NatWest CricketForce 2011 activity with their successful showcase event for Staffordshire Cricket.

Special guests Dennis Amiss, the ECB's Deputy Chairman, and England Women’s and Staffordshire all-rounder Danielle Wyatt joined the volunteer throng to swap bats and balls for paintbrushes and spades.

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Danielle gets stuck in concreting in the new benches at Whittington

The pair were joined by around 200 volunteers, which included players, members of the local community and 15 members of staff from NatWest - plus Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, who also came along to give his support for the event.

The club have recently moved to a brand new site on Vicarage Lane, leaving a huge amount of work needed to be completed, including the development of a brand new pavilion. And NatWest CricketForce provided the perfect opportunity.

Club vice chairman and project leader, Richard Abell said: “It’s a massive challenge for a club to move to a new ground and start from scratch but with the help of NatWest CricketForce and the ECB the project is becoming a reality.

"NatWest CricketForce - it's the most significant event in the club's 40 year or so history."

Amiss, Whittington CC Patron, added: “The ECB is excited about NatWest CricketForce. To see a community come together as much as it did at Whittington is a very positive thing for cricket as a whole and I hope that people take their efforts further and continue to help out.”

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A great panorama of the spectacular new Whittington ground

To read a full report of the Whittington event please see the Staffordshire Cricket website

NatWest CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities.

CricketForce encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake major renovations to clubhouses and grounds, typically over a special weekend before the start of the cricket season.

Don't miss out - NatWest CricketForce 2011 will run from April 8-10, so click here to register your club.

Whittington CC NatWest CricketForce 2011

NatWest CricketForce is all about the group effort - and group results