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New Net Facilities officially Opened

On 23rd June 2006 Ripley Cricket Club proudly opened its brand new outdoor net facilities. Sky Sport's Ian Ward was on hand to officially open the new facility and there was an excellent number of club members present. Boys from the Under 12s, Under 11s and Under 9s were also present and eager to make use of the facility.

The Facility

The facilities comprising of two full length 'Verde' artificial surfaces with infill and 18m length twin cages were installed by Groundcare/Verde Sports at a total cost of 17,000. The project was managed from the club side by Phil Kite who liaised closely with the contractor to ensure that the work was completed as smoothly as possible.

Two different surfaces were installed to provide a variation in pace and bounce.

Fundraising

The project represents a significant investment by the club and illustrates their commitment to further developing junior cricket at the club whilst also providing a facility to strengthen their senior sides. Over 5,000 was raised by various activities including the sale of a framed collection of signed photos of England captains. A loan was secured from the Surrey Playing Field's Association fro the remainder of the cost to ensure the facility could be installed for the 2006 season. Fundraising will continue to ensure that the loan is paid off as early as possible.


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