Congratulations to Kesgrave Cricket Club on their 25th anniversary and for their amazing fund-raising efforts to provide new practice facilities for their club.
The club celebrated the opening of their newly built outdoor practice facility on Sunday 1st July with Graham Napier, ex Essex and England cricketer, now with RHS Sport, visiting the club to formally ‘cut the ribbon’.
Graham then held a Q & A session encouraging all the young players who attended the opening, to practice hard but always remember to still enjoy playing the game, this was followed by an interclub T20 match and BBQ to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary.
Photography by Kesgrave Cricket Club
Post event statement from the cricket club;
The club at Kesgrave had raised £40,000 over the past three years in order to fund the new practice facility through a combination of grants, donations and fund-raising events. Club Chairman, Richard Bradley, said “A major contribution of funds was made by local charity SPARK (Sport and Recreation in Kesgrave) to whom we are very grateful”. He added “The club is always looking to recruit new coaches and players, both junior and adult and we particularly hope these new practice nets will generate enthusiasm for the game from school aged youngsters locally”. Details on cricket coaching for young people from age 8 upwards is available on the club website at kesgrave.play-cricket.com
The club is currently enjoying their most successful period ever. After winning the league title for the last two years, the first XI are now top of Division 3 of the Two Counties league and the second XI are top of Division 9 East.