Buggy nets £1,500 towards all-weather facilities

Buxworth Cricket Club’s bid to build all-weather nets at its Western Lane ground has received a boost.

The club has been presented with a cheque for £1,500 by councillor Barrie Taylor, from Derbyshire County Council’s Community Leadership Fund.

The nets will be used for coaching, particularly for younger players.

Paul Smith, accepting the cheque on behalf of the club, said: “Buxworth has a reputation for encouraging its young players, the first XI recently included four 15-year-olds.

“Our under-16 team are in the final of the Comptstall Cup on September 4.”

Past Buxworth players include Alan Hill, who went on to play for Derbyshire.

Cllr Taylor said: “I am very pleased to be able to support this project, which I know will be a big attraction for young cricketers.”

The club, helped by local fundraiser Hayley Lever, has also received grants for the nets from Sport England, Lord’s Taverners and Chinley, Buxworth & Brownside Parish Council, as well as holding many of its own fundraising activities.

Later this month, a group of players, including first and second team captains Kevin Benstead and Sam Hall, are undertaking a sponsored walk around all the grounds in the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League.

Anyone wanting details, or to sponsor the walk, should contact club treasurer Peter Ashenden on 01663 733390.