Bardwell awarded grant for artificial pitch

SUPER SURFACE: From left: Bardwell groundsman Neil Kellet, president Colin Bewley, chairman Stephen Larder and Ian Winslet, of Suffolk Housing, celebrate their new artficial pitch with some of the club's youth members

SUPER SURFACE: From left: Bardwell groundsman Neil Kellet, president Colin Bewley, chairman Stephen Larder and Ian Winslet, of Suffolk Housing, celebrate their new artficial pitch with some of the club's youth members

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Cricketers at a popular village club are now able to hit a six whatever the weather following the installation of a new pitch funded by Suffolk Housing.

Bardwell Cricket Club was awarded £7,000 towards the £8,200 cost of an all-weather pitch as part of Suffolk Housing’s Village Gold initiative.

Now in its third year, the funding aims to help people living in rural areas to improve quality of life or community facilities in their village.

Neil Kellett, groundsman for Bardwell, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our new all-weather pitch, which is already being used at least twice a week by both our adult and junior teams.”

n A half-century from captain Rick Wakeman was not enough for Bardwell as they lost to Haverhill Sunday II by seven wickets in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Three.

Steve Wade and Steve Larder made a bright start, moving to 31-0 before Larder was caught and bowled.

Wade (43) and Wakeman (51) built a good score and useful contributions were added by Jordan Palmer (22) and Majid Bajwa (24).

However, Haverhill got on top of the bowlers and eased to victory.