It has been another historic week in the renaissance of Penzance Cricket Club, with the club's first team celebrating their first league victory at St Just in over three decades and wins for all three senior teams and Evening League XI within the past seven days.
And there was more good news for the progressive St Clare club with the completion of their new all-weather outdoor cricket nets.
After a near two-year grant funding application process, Sport England finally agreed to fund the new £60,000 three bay cricket nets and, despite delays due to the poor weather over the winter, the nets are now completed and were used for the first time by the club's youth section on Monday evening.
Club secretary Brian Richards said: "A formal opening of the nets will take place in the next few weeks, but in the meantime the club wish to thank Sport England, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Penzance Town Council and Verde Sports for their support in this project.
"This new facility will play a crucial role in developing the club's new Cricket Academy, headed by former Essex and Derbyshire County Cricket Club player Greg Smith.
"The purpose of the Cricket Academy is to develop the cricketing skills, team and work ethic of local youngsters and to integrate them into its youth section for both boys and girls aged 8 to 18. It will also identify the elite players that can eventually take the next step up to Premier League cricket, county cricket and beyond."
This season the club has already fielded teams at Under 11 and Under 13 age group, the first for three years, and the women's team have also played two matches to date in the Cornwall Cricket League for the first time.
Any youngsters who would like to play for one of the Penzance Cricket Club youth teams, are welcome to attend the dedicated youth practice sessions on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Penzance Cricket Club is a Clubmark accredited Focus club, assuring parents of a safe and welcoming environment to practice and play cricket, with the emphasis on the club's three C's philosophy: 'Club, County, Community'.
Credit and thanks to Nathan Richards – The Cornishman.
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