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Nixon gets stuck in at Syston

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

It is that time again - Saturday & Sunday April 4-5 are NatWest CricketForce weekend. The weather forecast was keenly checked and we were lucky that it was wrong, rain was forecast but Syston was bathed in sunshine.

There was a good turnout and special guest Paul Nixon, Leicestershire captain, was on hand to help out with any jobs and proved just as good with a brush as he is behind the stumps. NatWest representatives were also helping out, they were kept in line by Area Manager, Tracy Tonry.

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Andy Corbett and Paul Nixon painting the pillars and gates at the ground entrance

As there is limited time to get things done Paul had to get stuck in and was soon paint brush in hand, helping to paint the main gates of the club with me, Andy Corbett. A lot of painting needed to be done in and around the clubhouse, John Punchard, Under 13s manager, made light work of painting the veranda whilst the NatWest team painted the fencing around the clubhouse, again ably assisted by Paul.

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Pete Howard and chairman John Fraser replacing the boundary fence

The boundary fencing was in need of repair and John Frazer, Pete Howard and a number of volunteers over the winter have been totally replaced a section of the fence. A good job well done, this will outlast a number of the Syston Town cricketers!

The groundsman was not to be outdone and spent most of Saturday on his roller making sure the square is as good as it is every season, Ken Cooper, head groundsman, has produced another wicket that is as flat as a billiard table.

Syston NatWest CricketForce 2009

Some of the lads spent the weekend sprucing the bar up, washing the floors and the glasses – Ivan Spiby and John Mills were in charge of domestic chores – but don’t tell their wives.

Everyone was working well and was glad of the first cricket tea of the season kindly made by Jane and Katie Howard. This was the ideal opportunity to see if the beer was as good we remember from last year and club steward Brian Sutliff was there to pull everyone a complimentary pint.

A good weekend enjoyed by all, the season now cannot come quick enough, lets just hope the weather does its bit.

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Syston Town CC group pic with Paul Nixon and NatWest's Tracy Tonry

Syston NatWest CricketForce 2009

U13 Youth Team Manager John Punchard painting the veranda

Syston NatWest CricketForce 2009

NatWest volunteers with manager Tracy Tonry and Paul Nixon