Cricket club threatened with closure by ‘Nimby’ neighbours celebrates installation of new boundary nets to keep stray sixes out of people’s gardens after £35,000 fundraising campaign
- The Colehill Cricket Club near Wimborne faced closure after local complaints
- But the 100-year-old club was saved thanks to supporters
- READ MORE: Two England captains join fight to save 118-year-old cricket club
A cricket club threatened with closure by ‘Nimby’ neighbours has thanked Daily Mail readers for funding new nets to keep stray sixes out of gardens.
Colehill Cricket Club, near Wimborne, Dorset, decided in January it had to ban adult cricket for good due to increasing complaints from local residents.
Leather had thwacked on willow for 118 years, but players seemed to have upped stumps and trudged back to the clubhouse for the final time because of the moans of those whose expensive homes border the ground.
But just two days after the Daily Mail stepped in, with articles including a feature by writer Robert Hardman calling for donations to fund high netting, the club was saved and now that netting has been installed.
Cricket stars including Ben Stokes and Michael Vaughan added their voices to the chorus declaring the end to games was just not cricket.
Colehill Cricket Club, near Wimborne, Dorset, decided in January it had to ban adult cricket for good due to increasing complaints from local residents
Its clubhouse-cum-pavilion, the Colehill Sports and Social Club — which owns the pitch — is is the beating heart of the community
Now a friendly match has been staged between Colehill Cricket Club and an ex-players’ XI to mark the official opening of the 26ft high nets.
Our campaign inspired cricket fans across Britain to donate £35,000 to pay for the barrier around three sides of the ground.
It means the club no longer has to fear rising insurance premiums and the prospect of being sued for damages by aggrieved neighbours.
Last night Colehill captain George Taylor said: ‘We wish to thank the readers of the Daily Mail for getting involved in our campaign, and for helping to pay for the nets and thus keep cricket at Colehill.
‘We have a copy of Robert Hardman’s Daily Mail article stuck up on our changing room wall as a little reminder that so many people got behind us.
‘We had some big hitters playing in the friendly match, and they hit five sixes – all of which went into the netting. Otherwise they would have ended up in gardens.’
New residents started complaining about balls and submitted a hefty repair bill but have now installed new nets after raising £35,000
Just two days after the Daily Mail stepped in, with articles including a feature by writer Robert Hardman calling for donations to fund high netting, the club was saved and now that netting has been installed
The inaugural friendly match on Friday drew more than 150 spectators to watch the veterans win by a single run.
Among neighbours who supported the club throughout, despite the risk of big hitters reaching his garden, was Nick Hopwood – who fittingly scored the winning runs of the game with a four off the final ball.
Club captain Mr Taylor, a 26-year-old accountant who described the club as a ‘quintessential part of village life’, received a guard of honour for all of his work to raise money for the netting.
Mr Taylor said: ‘The atmosphere was fantastic. For our team it was definitely the most exciting match they have played.
‘We had a 150-plus crowd, and so many people said well done and thank you for what you did.
‘Quite a few people had travelled especially for it and the bar took five or six times what they usually would.
‘It was a great day for the club.
‘The ex-players XI won on the last ball of the match. The person who hit the winning runs was one of the neighbours who has been with us on the campaign throughout.
‘It has definitely improved the situation with the neighbours and we are now hoping to expand the club.’
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