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Boost for Blundeston cricket

PUBLISHED: 10:49 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:01 30 June 2010

Blundeston cricketers celebrate their grant.

Blundeston cricketers celebrate their grant.

Moves by Blundeston Cricket Club to establish its own pitch and training facilities have been given a £2,000 boost from a charity fund set up by chartered accountants Lovewell Blake.

Moves by Blundeston Cricket Club to establish its own pitch and training facilities have been given a £2,000 boost from a charity fund set up by chartered accountants Lovewell Blake.

Formed 10 years ago to give juniors the opportunity to learn and play cricket, the club has agreed a new deal with the Somerleyton Community Association to lease the village playing field, and the families and friends of club members have worked hard to get the ground ready for the 2010 season.

The club's fundraising efforts have been helped by a grant of £2,000 from the LB150 Challenge, a project by staff and partners of Lovewell Blake to raise £150,000 over five years for local worthy causes to mark the firm's 150th anniversary in 2008.

By having its own ground the club has expanded to have teams at under 11, 13, 15 together with four teams playing in adult leagues. Most of its first XI players are home-grown, progressing through its own training programmes.

The club is family-based with many brothers and sisters attending training sessions run by ECB-qualified coaches.

Richard Keeler, of Lovewell Blake's Great Yarmouth office and a member of the LB150 grants panel, presented the cheque to club chairman, Graeme Talbot (in picture above), who says that playing at one ground rather than on the council pitches in various parts of the county will enable it to create a club atmosphere.

“This is a long-term project and not something that can be achieved quickly,” he adds. “Hopefully with continued support of sponsors, we can create a home and have facilities to match in the lovely Somerleyton setting.”

The LB150 Challenge has raised more than £75,000 so far and has awarded grants totalling £58,214 to 42 voluntary groups in Norfolk and north Suffolk.

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