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Shaun Ryder and the Inspiral Carpet

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

The final plans have now been signed off by the pavilion project team after incorporating Dan Musson's (ECB Regional Funding and Facilities Manager) recommendations and will be submitted to Chester-le-Street Council within the next day or so. This has been a huge piece of work and I thank everyone involved for their valued input.

Next is a meeting to plan how to get utilities to the site and the concrete pad put down. Ouch!

News on the free carpet is that it will be available soon to install. I have no more concrete (concrete on the brain at the moment) information than that at present, but we are planning to box off heating pipes under existing 'fixed wall' seating next week in preparation for the carpet arriving.

The plan to remove the fixed wall seating and stage will offer us the chance to create more room for the pool table and also have a dedicated area for the darts team. This will also give us more freedom to use the floor space more effectively.

We are also looking at utilising the current table bases we have in the club to keep costs down and have contacted a company who can produce new table tops to our requirements. Thoughts at the minute are various shapes and sizes to remove the old 'school canteen' feel of the club currently.

The 'Shaun' Ryder Bar Cup (a darts, dominoes and pool competition with a points system like The Ryder Cup) was a huge success with the cricket team, under the leadership of Phil Peel, victorious over the footballers who were strong favourites before the event.

It was a very tense affair with the competition going down to the last game of doubles darts. The cricketers needed only to draw to secure the half-point they needed to win. Andrew Burlison made sure of the cricketers' place in history by coolly taking out the double four for a well-earned victory.

The till was ringing throughout the day and bar takings were over £1,000. Andrew was fantastic at keeping everyone entertained and Richie Hilton did a brilliant job on the microphone, scoring the darts and keeping everyone involved.

I managed to get some video footage of the finale - another YouTube appearance for 'Burl' very soon me thinks!

This winter we will be holding a Tombola to raise funds for the NatWest Cricketforce showcase project. We are hoping that all prizes will be donated so please help the cause.

The New Year will bring us many challenges I'm sure, but I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the support received to date, and for this, I sincerely thank you all.

All the very best to you all and if I don't see you before, have a great Christmas and New Year.

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