Geddington Cricket Club opens its NEW doors

Sunday 8th May saw the opening of the new Cricket Club Pavilion in Geddington’s Recreation Ground.

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Chairman Gavin Warren performed the ribbon cutting ceremony, watched by former England & Northamptonshire Cricketer David Steele, County Councillor Jim Harker and a large crowd of Cricket Club members, their families and other guests.

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Chairman Gavin Warren
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Chairman Gavin Warren does the honours

Geddington Cricket Club Chairman Steve Toseland talked about the increase in size of the Club over the years. He said, “Over the past five years, we have gone from having two Saturday teams and a junior team, to having four senior sides and six junior teams. The new clubhouse is going to help the sustainability of the Club. Beforehand, we relied on local clubs and the like, to help us financially, but this will add a stream of revenue.” He continued, “On Fridays we have 80 kids from the village here and it’s not just about cricket, it’s about the community.”

Plenty of seating for spectators
Plenty of seating for spectators

The £100,000 Clubhouse was funded through a combination of donations, grants and a loan from the English Cricket Board. Mr Toseland added, “We had some money from funds and trusts and an interest-free loan, but we had a lot of donations, for which we are extremely grateful. Jim Harker’s father, Jim Snr, helped out with the original building and Jim’s carrying on his father’s legacy, you could say. We owe him a massive thank you.”

The opening day saw a T20 match between Geddington Cricket Club President’s XI v Geddington Colts XI: the President’s men won.

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