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Tremlett and Edwards support CricketForce

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England players Chris Tremlett and Charlotte Edwards will be wielding paintbrushes at Merstham Cricket Club this Friday when they launch NatWest CricketForce 2012.

The pair will be joined by thousands of other volunteers nationwide in lending a hand with pre-season preparations and refurbishments as a record number of 1,930 clubs prepare to take part in the three-day annual initiative.

Lancashire batsman Stephen Moore will also be supporting the award-winning project alongside Kate Cross from the England women’s academy, at her home club of Heywood Cricket Club in Lancashire on Saturday.

The weekend’s activities will culminate at Copley Cricket Club in Halifax this Sunday, when former England captain Mike Gatting will be joined by another ex-England batsman, Neil Fairbrother, in helping the local community put the finishing touches to a new £585,000 pavilion.

Tremlett said: “NatWest CricketForce provides an excellent opportunity to support grass-roots cricket. I was involved last year and witnessed first-hand the enthusiasm and difference communities can make when they pull together.

“I’ll be getting my hands dirty at Merstham Cricket Club this year and encourage everyone to get involved to ensure the foundations of the game for the next generation of cricketers are stronger than ever.”

Chris Tremlett

England paceman Chris Tremlett is among those who will once again lend a hand during this weekend's NatWest CricketForce

England women’s captain Edwards added: “It’s important for us as England players to lend a hand at NatWest CricketForce and remember how we were all supported by our respective clubs in the early days.

“Quality facilities play a huge part in players’ experience of the game and can make all the difference to people staying involved. It’s fantastic to see so many clubs ensuring their facilities are welcoming to women and girls.”

ECB managing director of cricket partnerships Gatting said: “I’m delighted to see NatWest CricketForce thriving with record numbers of clubs participating once again in the event’s 11th year.

“This year we will see Merstham Cricket Club focus on improving disability access at the club with the planned renovations designed to grow their already-established disability cricket section.

“Heywood Cricket Club is striving to show the community of Rochdale what can be achieved when people volunteer for just a small amount of time, and we hope NatWest CricketForce will help recruit long-term volunteers, new and old to the club.

“Copley Cricket Club has undertaken a significant project over the past eight months with the build of a new pavilion, which has been made possible by financial contributions from ECB, Sport England and the local community.

“It will be a wonderful facility for the club and the community of Halifax and everyone associated with the club can take great pride in it.”

NatWest Cricket ambassador Michael Vaughan said: “For clubs up and down the country NatWest CricketForce marks the start of the season as the ground and facilities are prepared for action.

“I’m looking forward to getting involved this weekend and playing my part alongside hundreds of NatWest staff and volunteers all helping to make it another record-breaking NatWest CricketForce weekend.”