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The prolific community work of Long Sutton Cricket Club has been recognised after members scooped an award for their efforts.

The club took home the Active Club title at last week’s Lincolnshire Sport and Physical Activity Awards.

The county-wide award – sponsored by Bishop Grosseteste University – was one of nine dished out at a ceremony at Lincoln’s Hilton hotel on Thursday.

Pictured (not in order) Andy and Hayley Crisp, James and Lisa Baker, Chris and Tracey Booth and Martin Dobson CEO of Lincolnshire Cricket. (53123736)
Pictured (not in order) Andy and Hayley Crisp, James and Lisa Baker, Chris and Tracey Booth and Martin Dobson CEO of Lincolnshire Cricket. (53123736)

The club’s Andy Crisp said: “The award is for everyone at the club, which we were honoured to receive.”

The awards are run by Active Lincolnshire, with the night hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Carla Greene and Rob Makepeace.

Active Lincolnshire explained: “The club has come back stronger than ever from lockdown, and offer countless coaching and playing opportunities for men, women and juniors.

“The club was also instrumental in a pilot for Girls only All-Stars and Dynamos cricket in the late summer, and also delivered a Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival, a fun-filled day attended by over 50 ladies.”

The Active Club Award was won by Long Sutton Cricket Club. (53123733)
The Active Club Award was won by Long Sutton Cricket Club. (53123733)

Mr Crisp hailed the hard work of the club’s volunteers during the last year – including getting grants and sponsorship.

The club fields four senior sides every weekend –with matches at its Paradise Field ground.

The ECB Allstars programme has helped five-to-eight year olds catch the cricket bug – and the club was one of the first to trial girls-only sessions for this age group.

Long Sutton Cricket Club took home the trophy from a ceremony at the Hilton in Lincoln. (53123730)
Long Sutton Cricket Club took home the trophy from a ceremony at the Hilton in Lincoln. (53123730)

That bore fruit, attracting more than 25 girls to learn the skills of the game.

The club also has popular teams at under nine, 11, 13 and 15 level and its ladies softball event featured more than 60 players and a 100-plus attendance.

Its Help for Heroes day raised £3,000 – and there are plans to support this cause as well as Alzheimer’s and motor neuron disease charities.

Howzat for a winner? (53123727)
Howzat for a winner? (53123727)

Mr Crisp added: “Next season will be just as busy with the club looking at running two ladies softball tournaments, and having an 80s evening and race nights.”

The club also hailed the unsung efforts of groundsman James Baker and his cherished #ijustcutthegrass efforts.



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