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Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

Syston CC

The Syston CC workforce, out in all weathers: Andy Corbett, Pete Howard, Alan Beynon, Brian Sutliff and Tom Corbett erect a new boundary fence

I have now left Birstall Village CC and have been asked to play for my local team Syston Town CC; my two sons have been playing for Syston for the last season and were made very welcome, so now seems the right time to make the break from the Village.

Syston Town CC

The mural at Birstall Village CC is still ok, nearly two years on, despite the clubhouse being broken into and smashed up just before Christmas, no one has yet been arrested.

Now back to my new club - luckily as soon as I joined a local businessman offered to pay for a new alarm system for the club because I told him the club had been broken into three times, stealing beer and pumps and at the last attempt the sit-on lawn mower, during the last season and if the quote is ok it will be paid for by the Norman Gill Trust.

Syston CC snow 2009

Syston looks a picture in the winter 2009 snow

We have just won £450 from the local paper, The Melton Times, and are currently applying for £10,000 from Awards for All.

I am good at getting ideas but the man to do all the forms is club treasurer Roger Pole; he has been doing all the hard work applying for grants and has raised £30,000 to get the club its own electricity supply after playing down at Potters Lane for 39 years.

We are currently repairing the boundary fence, having new showers and new floors in the changing rooms so we have started early because the NatWest CricketForce weekend will be busy as it is.

Syston CC Alan Beynon

Alan Beynon fitting new showers: I played in the same team as Alan 20 years ago and it's great to see him again, no job is too small for this clubman

The workers who are giving up their Saturday mornings are Alan Beynon, John Fraser, Pete Howard and Tom Corbett.

Brian Sutliff and myself turn up later whilst the work has been done, we make the tea and then wait for them at the pub, the Gate Hangs Well.

I have just been made captain of the 2nd team I just hope things go as well on the pitch as they have started off it. The ground is one of the most beautiful in Leicestershire, we are a Focus Club and are hoping to get Clubmark by the end of March.

Hopefully all the good work will attract more members to the club which already runs five adult teams and five junior teams. Roll on spring so Ken and Derek Cooper the groundstaff can get the ground to look even better as it improves every season.