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Farsley one month down the line…

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2008

NatWest CricketForce 2008 - Farsley - Katherine Brunt

England's Katherine Brunt at work at Farsley on CricketForce weekend

The cricket season may have started across the UK, but with the current weather it still feels like winter at downtown Red Lane.

It is cold, extremely wet and if I am to be honest, with all the renovations going on a little bit of a muddy mess – more like the local paddock than Lord's I am afraid.

At times during the last fortnight I didn’t think we would ever be in a position to start the season – with an hour to go before the players arrived for the last week’s season opener, we were still laying floor tiles in the changing rooms and re-connecting pipe work in to the shower area.

For the last month since the unbelievable NatWest CricketForce Weekend (check out our video on the ECB website), we have been living on adrenalin and the belief that 'it will be alright on the night'. Well, to be fair to our army of tireless volunteers, it was just!

As I write, the good news is that we got the ground and clubhouse fit for the start of the season and the even better news was that we have won all four of our matches so far – three senior teams and the under-17s all being successful. Long may it continue.

Well what have we got up to since my last blog?

The NatWest CricketForce Weekend attracted nearly 300 people and undoubtedly the star of the show was ex-England captain Mike Gatting. In true style not only did 'Gatt' eat us out of house and home but he worked like a Trojan through all the vagaries of the English climate. Volunteering to assemble what appeared to be a mechano set for adults, he claimed that with a team of six, he could assemble a new cage for our nets in under an hour.

Six hours later and even when faced with heavy snow, he refused to come in until he had completed his task. The cage was eventually assembled and 'Gatt' and his team retired to the bar to sample the Tetley’s and admire their handy work. He will be delighted to know the nets are still standing but only because we took the cage to bits and re-built it – this time utilising all the parts.

As regards the overall day, many thanks to Stuart Regan, Adil Rashid, Anthony McGrath and Mark Lawson from Yorkshire CCC, Katherine Brunt and Sarah Taylor from the successful England’s women’s side, our local MPs and councillors, as well as the troop from NatWest and the army of other local volunteers who were brilliant throughout the day. It was a day that will certainly go down in the memory of the Farsley faithful and one which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The Ramdome continues to change and work has not stopped. Further walls and patios have been built and painting completed, whilst strengthening of the clubhouse has continued as we prepare for our biggest challenge yet – the new pitched roof.

Planning permission is now through and a meeting of the war committee has been called to plan the next and biggest stage of our project.

More windows and doors from Connaught Baldwin, the scaffolding from APB Limited and the trusses from Shires are all due any day now, which again is exciting, although I wonder how we can maintain enthusiasm to see us across the finishing line?

Which reminds me another huge thank you for all those companies that have supported us:

A P B Scaffolding; Asda Walmart; BKM Carpet Centre Ltd; Burdens; Burmatex Ltd; B W Skips; C P D Distribution; Connoughts; Councillor Andrew Carter; Councillor Frank Robinson; Crown Decorator Centre; Daktroniks UK Ltd; Dulux Decorator Centres; ECB; Farmac Timber & Building Supplies; Getty Images; Greenfield Bacon Limited; Howden Joinery; Katherine Brunt; Keencost Kichens; Leeds City Council; Leeds College Of Building; Local Building Supplies; Morfitts Building Services; Mike Gatting; Paul Trusswell MP; Stuart Reagan; NatWest; Philip Guest; Pro Plumb; Quay Plastics; Romana Tiles; SK Storr; Sarah Taylor; Shires Timber Group; St John Ambulance; Stocks Blocks; Taylors of Harrogate; W Madden; Watershed (Roofing) Ltd; Wickes Building Supplies Ltd; Wolseleys - Build Centre; Yorkshire County Cricket Club and all the members of Farsley Cricket Club.

So where are we on the master plan? Oh the roof, then internal decorations and also I’m sure we said we would have a new electronic scoreboard all before the end of the summer.

The old adage 'there’s no rest for the wicked' springs to mind - although I can not recall any of our team running over too many black cats!

Naturally I will keep you posted as to our progress - overall I firmly believe we are still on schedule to complete our overhaul on schedule and on budget.

Look forward to catching up again soon – remember you can check out all the plans, gossip and latest news from the Ramdome by logging onto Farsley CC