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New lawn tractor improves Uplyme and Lyme Regis cricket ground

GROUND facilities at Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club are improving with the help of a new lawn tractor.

The club, which is based at the King George V playing field in Uplyme, urgently needed to replace its ageing mower and generally improve ground facilities so more games could be played.

Lyme Regis Town Council gave the club a grant of £2,099 to fund a new ride-on lawn tractor.

Lyme Regis mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis, presented a cheque to club chairman Ian Thomas and secretary Derek Wellman.

Mr Wellman said: “The grant from Lyme Regis Town Council toward the purchase of our new mower could not have come at a better time for the club.

“Our old mower was no longer economical to repair, but the cost of replacement would have put significant pressure on the modest finances of our club.”

Cllr Ellis said: “The council is pleased to support another local organisation in the area.

“It’s a vital piece of equipment to allow the sport to be played for the benefit of people of all ages.”

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club provides opportunities for both young people and adults, with two senior teams playing in the Devon Cricket League, as well as a Friendly XI team.

Opportunities for young people include an under 13s team, who play in the West Dorset Junior League, with plans to introduce an under 15s team next year.

The club’s ‘Dads and Lads’ team entered the first Dorset competition this year, a ‘Women and Girls’ softball team took part in West Dorset Women’s Softball Tournaments, and the ladies programme was designed to complement the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

The club also takes coaching into local schools, including Kwik Cricket to Uplyme, Lyme Regis and Charmouth primary schools, and ‘Chance to Shine’ coaching for junior girls in the Woodroffe School.

The club ran the English Cricket Board ‘All Stars’ Cricket 10-week programme, designed to introduce cricket to younger players, and encourage parents to get involved.

Club chairman Mr Thomas said: “We particularly value the continued generous support of Lyme Regis Town Council.

“Whilst our ground is in East Devon, we draw support from the communities of both Lyme Regis and Uplyme, offering opportunities for all ages and abilities across the area to play cricket together.

“This would be very difficult without our new mower.”

For more information about the club, including fixtures and team news, visit the website www.uplymeandlymeregiscricketclub.co.uk