Reed strike ground sharing deal

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

REED Cricket club have resolved their ground sharing problems by entering into a five year deal with Freman College in Buntingford. For several years the club has run a nomadic third 11 with no ground to call their own and this year they are expanding to

REED Cricket club have resolved their ground sharing problems by entering into a five year deal with Freman College in Buntingford.

For several years the club has run a nomadic third 11 with no ground to call their own and this year they are expanding to a point where they will be running a fourth 11 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League so they needed a place in which to play their matches.

Under the terms of the partnership volunteers from the club will invest time and effort into upgrading the cricket facilities at the college and preparing club standard match wickets as the college ground.

The wickets will receive the same cutting, rolling and maintenance regimes as those on the Reed home ground which is rated as one of the best cricket playing surfaces in the county.

Match wickets will be prepared at the college each week by Reed club members and made available for school matches and in returned the college will provide changing and pavilion facilities and allow Reed teams to use their ground at weekends.

Reed will also invest in the provision of new sight screens and a scoreboard at the college.

The project will be financed by Royston-based property company Samuel Beadie properties and Reed used this promise of support to make an application to the Sport England - Sportsmatch scheme and recently heard they had been awarded a further £5,000.

The first match at the college will see Reed's third team take on Old Albanians III on May 9.

Speaking about the partnership, Reed's fundraising officer John Heslam said: "This is a very important development in the growth of Reed Cricket Club.

"Over the years we have hired match pitches at Therfield, Royston Heath, Sandon, and a number of other clubs and schools in the North Herts area, and even played many home matches away in order to complete fixtures.

"We now have somewhere to call home and somewhere we can invest in.

"It is a bonus that our investment will also benefit the pupils of Freman College thereby helping promote the game of cricket in the state secondary school system which is a prime ECB Target Area."

Freman headteacher Helen Loughran added: "I am delighted that we are entering into this partnership with Reed Cricket Club and look forward to the improvements this will offer to our facilities and to the college grounds being used at weekends.

"Reed Cricket Club provides local youngsters with excellent opportunities and I am really glad that the college can play a part in supporting this.

"I look forward to a long and very positive partnership between Freman College and the Club.

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