2016 Small Grant Scheme now open for applications

The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) has been given £55,000 by the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) Small Grants Scheme to help clubs improve their grounds.

The window is now open for clubs to apply for between £1,000 and £4,000 to buy new equipment or develop their existing facilities.

Now in its sixth year, the 2016 funding – which is supported by Waitrose – is available for purchasing covers, refurbishing social areas, improving energy/water consumption and putting in flood defences.

For more information including guidelines and application forms please click here.

Last year the GCB received applications for funding totalling £121,683.16 and chose... Read more

New nets will help Upton St Leonards hit the ground running in 2016

Upton St Leonards CC will have brand new nets for the 2016 season after raising £40,000.


Construction started in October with the final stage due to be completed in April following a winter break.


Club chairman Simon Harkin said the club wanted to thank the large number of people whose donations have made the dream of having a top quality practice facility into a reality.


He said: “We owe a huge debt of thanks to a wide range of donors. For a club with an annual turnover of about £3,000, to raise the £40,000 we needed involved a lot of hard work,... Read more

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David Payne guest of honour at Bank House Gloucestershire County League presentation evening

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S David Payne was the special guest of honour as the Bank House Gloucestershire County Cricket League reflected on a highly successful season.

The left-arm seamer captivated guests at the league’s annual dinner by talking about the county’s thrilling six-run Royal London One-day final victory at Lord’s over Surrey, including how he claimed two wickets in a heart-stopping final over.

And Payne also presented trophies and awards at the event, which was staged for the first time at Chalford Cricket Club.

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Cirencester who, after finishing... Read more

Last chance to enter Glos Youth Leagues and U19 T20

Teams have until November 29 to register their interest in taking part in the 2016 NatWest Under 19 Club T20.

The ECB want to hear from clubs in order to start planning for next year’s competition.

More than 450 sides took part last year – including 20 from Gloucestershire  - with the emphasis on recreating the atmosphere of the NatWest T20 Blast, IPL and Big Bash League.

The competition was played in coloured kit, with a pink ball, music and plenty of off-field entertainment.

The Gloucestershire final was won by the Bristol Buccaneers who defeated the North Cotswolds Chargers after both teams had triumphed in semi-finals at the Bristol County Ground.... Read more

Register now for NatWest CricketForce 2016

Registration is now open for NatWest CricketForce 2016.

Aimed at helping clubs prepare their grounds for the new season, the annual event will take place from April 1-3.

Last year saw 2,270 clubs take part nationwide including a record 73 from Gloucestershire (up by 26 from 2014).

In 2016, the ECB is encouraging clubs to engage members who don’t usually get involved, and reach out to their local communities.

Gloucestershire Cricket Board clubs and projects officer Eric Woodmason said: “We would encourage all our clubs to register for Cricket Force. Not only does it help clubs get their grounds ready for the start of the new season but it is also a great way... Read more

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