Bowled over by cricket plan

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A Holbeach park is to have a cricket club for the first time in more than 30 years.

Plans to bring Last Man Stands to Carter’s Park were welcomed at last week’s parish council meeting.

Last Man Stands is an up-and-coming amateur league, promoted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and is ideal for players of all abilities.

Andy Bell, who is launching the new club, says games will be played in the Social Community League, but the focus is on people taking part and having fun.

He said: “There is nothing more quintessentially English than a game of cricket on a Sunday afternoon.

“Last Man Stands is an excellent way for people with busy lifestyles to play when they can’t commit to a whole day’s play as a match lasts only about two hours.

“The Social Community League is open to all, over the age of 16, male or female, and the idea is to have fun, keep fit and the emphasis is on the social element and building of community spirit, which we feel will be of great benefit to Holbeach.”

Parish councillors have agreed to reinstate the cricket pitch, which was partly lost when the football ground was fenced off.

The club has also approached Tesco for support and the store is looking into sponsorship possibilities.

Anyone who would like to get involved by playing in the team or by helping off the pitch can call Mr Bell on 01406 426448 or email