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Moulton Harrox Cricket Club bowled over by open day attendance

Organisers of a special event at Moulton were delighted with the number of people who attended.

The open day on Sunday, July 14, was organised by Moulton Harrox Cricket Club as part of an England and Wales Cricket Board initiative to get more people involved in cricket.

Held on the day of the Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand, the event attracted around 200 people to the sports ground.

Youngsters and volunteers take a break during the open day at Moulton Harrox Cricket Club
Youngsters and volunteers take a break during the open day at Moulton Harrox Cricket Club

Cricket club chairman Roger Grant said: "It was an open day for the club, held to attract new members and youngsters. We showed the Cricket World Cup final and the men's tennis final at Wimbledon between Djokovic and Federer in the pavilion and outside and there were cricket games and skills for youngsters, together with bouncy castles and a barbecue."

The club runs an academy, between January and July each year, for seven to 12-year-olds and during the daychildren from the age of five enjoyed learning cricketing skills.

"It was an absolutely superb day," said Mr Grant.

"We planned the day to run between 1 and 4pm, but as the Cricket World Cup final was so exciting we carried on until the end of the match.

"It was a very good attendance and we had between between 40 and 50 children for cricket activities.

"We also signed up some new members, which was great.

"The weather was kind to us and everyone I've spoken to since the event enjoyed it."

The event was planned as a one-off to coincide with the Cricket World Cup final, but Mr Grant said many people had said it would be great to do something similar either annually or biennially, but this would have to be discussed by the committee.

Mr Grant added: "We had no idea how many people would come down, and to get 200 people was excellent. The Cricket World Cup final result was the icing on the cake.

"The most pleasing thing was seeing the youngsters come down and enjoy themselves - they are the future of the sport."

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