ROTARY DONATION TO LOCAL CRICKET CLUB

Accrington cricket club chequeA joint donation of £600 has been made to Accrington Cricket Club from the Rotary clubs of Church and Oswaldtwistle, and Great Harwood and Rishton at a recent club meeting at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel.

This donation is from the proceeds of the recent ‘Community Bonfire’ when the public of Hyndburn gave most generously, which has resulted in many charities and good causes benefitting from the monies raised.

The annual Hyndburn bonfire has for many years has been held at the Accrington cricket ground, with the venue tailor made for such an event, and with the help Rotarians, and cricket club volunteers, the whole evening is usually a great success.

The cricket club like other clubs in the Lancashire League no longer can rely on sufficient people to pay to watch cricket, so income has to be generated through sponsorship and fundraising events. All the work on the ground is done by unpaid volunteers who are constantly struggling to balance the books.

Accrington cricket club moved into the present Thornyholme Road premises in 1876 which has meant 138 years of continuous cricket at this ground although they did not become members of the Lancashire League until 1892. The club has been very successful with 7 league championships and 3 Worsley cup winners.

Many fine cricketers have played for Accrington cricket club including two very fast bowlers, Wes Hall and Typhoon Tyson, and the highly successful Australian batsman Bobby Simpson. Alan Worsick a local lad became the professional for 10 years starting in 1974 which was a special period for the club when they were winning many trophies.

The club has also seen many fine amateurs with Russ Cuddihey and Graham Lloyd as batsmen scoring very many runs. Shane Warne who turned out to be one of the best spin bowlers in the world did not find it easy when he joined Accrington early in his career, when he found it difficult to dislodge batsmen-which indicated the high standard of cricket back in the early 90’s.

The cheque for £600 was presented to Rod Kenyon who has been working more or less full time as unpaid Chairman at the cricket club for 11 years; Rod expressed his appreciation of the presentation of the cheque.

Colin Berry Commercial Manager of the Accrington cricket club said “In these trying times the cheque was most welcome as it would help in keeping the club afloat, and thanked the Rotary clubs and the residents of Hyndburn for their help”. Colin went on to say that the cricket ground is being used by St Mary’s Magdalene School for their weekly games. In addition discussions are ongoing with Accrington and Rossendale College to make the cricket ground as their Sports Academy”.

“Also football teams who play in the Hyndburn and District Boys League in the under 9’s and under 11’s play their matches on the cricket ground. It is therefore important that the cricket club continues as it provides the Hyndburn Community with essential facilities.”

Any local people especially retired men or women who would like to volunteer in helping the various tasks for an hour or two a week should contact Rod Kenyon on mobile 07411 108008 or Colin Berry on telephone number 01254 399125.

The photo shows left to right David Shaw Rotarian of Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary, Rod Kenyon, Ken Freeman Rotarian of Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary and Colin Berry.

MJ

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