Morecambe celebrate £50,000 grant to fix outfield

Morecambe Cricket Club are hoping scenes like this are a thing of the past at Woodhill Lane.
Morecambe Cricket Club are hoping scenes like this are a thing of the past at Woodhill Lane.
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Morecambe Cricket Club are celebrating a near £50,000 grant for work on their outfield - something that has blighted the club in recent years.

The Woodhill Lane outfit are one of 97 sports projects across England to receive a share of £5.5 million of National Lottery cash from Sport England’s Protected Playing Fields fund.

Morecambe’s £49,350 slice will help with improvements to a ground that has quickly become unplayable due to adverse weather conditions over the last few seasons.

Work will include levelling out the pitch and regrading the surface which should ensure far less games have to be abandoned.

Chairman Tommy Clough said: “The funding allows us to get the work done properly and can sort out the field for years to come.

“It’s a massive boost and can make sure it’s around for our kids for a long time to come.

“And it’s not just about the cricket side it’s about the rest of the club as well.

“We were losing money behind the bar and around the rest of the club with the games being called off.

“If we hadn’t sorted it there wasn’t going to be a cricket club forever.

“This will be immense for the club.”

Ahead of the 2013 season 15 to 20 first and second team players had to muck in and do work on the ground themselves - even battling the snow over the winter.

The work is expected to take around two weeks and could take place in August next year.

The funding boost comes after the club recorded a £9,500 profit for 2013 at their recent AGM.

*Queensland batsman Nick Stevens will be the Woodhill Lane professional for 2014.

The 19-year-old Australian has played one first-class game for Queensland and has represented Australia Under 19s.

The right-hand bat also bowls occasional off breaks and replaces Vishal Tripathi at the club.