Club aims to land an upgrade

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League-winning Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club has submitted plans to overhaul its aging facilities.

The scheme, which will cost in the region of £150,000, is to demolish the changing rooms, toilets and scoring facilities, and rebuild them to modern-day standards.

The existing lounge, bar and kitchen is to be retained, but the work will make the new features around 50 per cent larger than their current size.

An application has been lodged with Northumberland County Council and the club is hoping it will get the nod soon.

The plans come on the back of a successful summer season for the club, with its first team winning the Northumberland Cricket League Premier Division title.

The senior Saturday teams are also applying for promotion to the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League – which would put them in the same tier as Alnwick.

Bill Batey, committee member and project coordinator, said: “Having put all-weather nets in and purchased mobile covers, the club felt that the next thing that needed to be done was to upgrade the changing room and toilet facilities, as well as the umpire and scoring facilities.

“As a club, we have a thriving junior section and the first team has just won their league, so it makes sense to push ahead and upgrade the facilities for the future.”

The club is to receive support from Sport England and the England and Wales Cricket Board, while other grants are still to be confirmed. The work is currently out for tender.

Mr Batey added: “Hopefully things will come together by mid-December, and we will have our final grants determined and our tenders in, and then we will be in a position to push ahead early in the New Year.”

If all goes according to plan, and the weather does not halt progress, the aim is to complete the project by the start of the upcoming cricket season.

In 2011, the club won a hat-trick of awards for the quality of its ground, including taking the accolade for the best in the Northumbrian region.