Volunteers at 65 of Gloucestershire’s clubs braved the unseasonal weather to take part in cricket’s annual spring clean – NatWest CricketForce.
From Dumbleton in the north of the county to Winterbourne in the south people came together to do everything from paint pavilions, clean clubhouses and prepare pitches for the season ahead.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) clubs and programmes officer Eric Woodmason said:
“It was a fantastic effort to see so many clubs getting active and making preparations for the season – especially when the weather has been so wet and cold. CricketForce is a great way of bringing people together and ensuring clubs hit the ground running in 2018. I’m sure everyone will benefit from the great work done when the weather does eventually improve.”
Anyone lost a pet? Found during ground force day pic.twitter.com/6gAOGpEZsk
— Kingsholm CC (@KingsholmCC) March 25, 2018
At Dumbleton more than 40 people – fuelled by a half-time bacon sarnie – turned up to tidy, rake, chop, polish and paint to get the ground looking its best.
Despite being under snow the previous week, Sheepscombe CC’s army of volunteers were blessed with sunshine (and more bacon sarnies) as they cleaned the pavilion and cleared the area around the nets.
Newent fixed 10 leaks in pipes that had been damaged by frost. Club members also painted benches, cleaned the clubhouse and did vital ground preparation.
At Kingsholm young players joined “old stalwarts” to do a range of jobs including mowing the outfield and painting the outside of the pavilion. The also found an escaped tortoise! (see tweet).
A number of other clubs including Stroud, Cheltenham, Tetbury and Winterbourne all took to social media to show the fruits of their labour during a busy CricketForce day.
For photos from them and the other clubs mentioned please see below.