Have a ball at Rastrick cricket club’s open day

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Steven Finn of England and Middlesex poses during the  Launch of ECB's Club Open Days, supported by Waitrose at Brondesbury Cricket Club on April 21, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Steven Finn of England and Middlesex poses during the Launch of ECB's Club Open Days, supported by Waitrose at Brondesbury Cricket Club on April 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)

Rastrick Cricket Club is on the up – and secretary Tim Osborne believes the upcoming open day can only help maintain the recent buzz.

With a new committee and chairman in place, an overseas player on the rota and early season results boding well, the club is moving in the right direction.

Now the club is planning to open its doors on September 6 as part of the ECB’s club open days initiative.

Mr Osborne said: “We have just received a grant from the local council to support our junior cricket section.

“We want to use the money to buy some new equipment – and we want more juniors in to use that equipment and improve their game.

“We’ve got a couple of things planned for the day. We are organising a mini tournament for the afternoon involving five and six a side teams, and we are hopeful of having Richard Pyrah down from Yorkshire to provide some coaching in the morning – that would be a great experience for all who come to the open day.”

It is expected that more than 1000 clubs will host an ECB Club Open Day across the country this summer, with those taking part receiving a £100 food and drink offer from Waitrose to help deliver their event.

And former England captain Mike Gatting believes as many people as possible should head down to Rastrick.

He said: “Club open days have proven to be a fantastic way for clubs to capitalise on the nation’s fervour for cricket during the summer.

“By opening their pavilion doors and showcasing what they have to offer to their local community, clubs will hopefully be able to inspire newcomers to come and join them.

“We want to inspire more players, volunteers and social members to come together and get into cricket.”