[lead]Three of Gloucestershire’s indoor cricket leagues have been given a boost after attracting new sponsors.[/lead]
The Gloucester and Stroud Indoor Leagues are now sponsored by Martin Berrill Sports while Display Refrigeration Hire is the sponsor of the Cheltenham Indoor Sixes competition.
The money will be used to improve player experience with the introduction of end of season presentation evenings and trophies.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board chief executive Steve Silk said/:
“The indoor leagues are hugely important in keeping cricket going during the winter months and giving clubs a reason to get together. We are grateful to Martin Berrill Sports and Display Refrigeration for their sponsorship. Their support will help us to continue to improve the experience for our players and ensure the indoor game can continue to thrive and grow.”
The three indoor leagues feature a combined total of 41 teams.
The Cheltenham Indoor 6s is the biggest, made up of four divisions of six. The University of Gloucestershire currently lead the top division with a 100% record while Slaughters are in pole position in division two. Ullenwood Bharat are currently ahead of Cranham on net run rate in the race to win division three while South Cerny are top of division 4.
This year’s Stroud League is made of nine teams who are playing in a new format competition involving two group stages. The first group stage has just been completed with Frampton-On-Severn, Frocester and Slimbridge finising top of their respective groups. They will now go head-to-head in a second group of three.
In the Gloucester League, Hardwicke and Corse and Staunton are currently joint-top of the nine-team league.
For the latest results, fixtures and league tables from all Gloucestershire indoor competitions go to http://gcbcomps.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/150347
Martin Berrill Sports is a specialist cricket and sports supplier with a shop and factory based in Gloucester. They supply everything from handmade bats, crafted on-site to protective equipment, club clothing and footwear.
Martin Berill said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to support grass roots cricket in Gloucestershire and beyond. As one of the few remaining Cricket Specialists, we know how important continued development and funding are for the game and supporting the indoor leagues provides an ideal opportunity to expand the reach of the game locally, making it accessible to even more people. We already work with many clubs who field indoor teams and hope that these numbers continue to grow through initiatives such as this.”
Quedgeley-based Display Refrigeration Hire Ltd provides an extensive range of refrigerated equipment throughout the UK including hiring for refurbishments, exhibitions, hospitality, county shows and special events.