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PUBLISHED: 14:18 23 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:18 23 June 2013

Wanstead players celebrate a wicket (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead players celebrate a wicket (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Cricket club to hold Open Day

Wanstead & Snaresbrook Cricket Club are used to winning and treasurer Christopher Hurd is hoping an England Ashes victory this summer can help inspire them to a second successive Shepherd Neame Essex Premier League title.

Nothing quite grips the nation like an Ashes series and with England aiming to keep the urn this summer, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) wants everyone to get in on the act by signing up to hold a Club Open Day – just like Wanstead & Snaresbrook.

By holding Club Open Days clubs can attract new members, players, spectators and sponsors on Investec Ashes Saturdays or Sundays of their choice.

Clubs can invite the local community to enjoy the cricket whilst showcasing facilities, cricket playing opportunities and everything else they have to offer – whilst guests can keep an eye on the cricket out in the middle and on the TV.

Hundreds of clubs have already signed up and Hurd is hoping the scheme can help reclaim the title that Wanstead and Snaresbrook secured in 2012, and also get over the disappointment of losing the Kingfisher Cup final to York.

“We had a great season just gone by winning the league and getting to the Kingfisher Cup final, and we’re hoping to continue that,” said 65-year-old Hurd, who will help the club hold it’s Open Day on August 3.

“We’re doing well again this season, but to get to the Kingfisher Cup final was a great achievement in itself.

“I hope with that success, and this scheme, we can get more local people down to watch and encourage new players to sign up.

“It’s very difficult financially for every club at the moment, but by making the facilities available and hosting an Open Day we’re looking to bolster the coffers.”

Mike Gatting knows how important the Ashes are, captaining England to success Down Under in the 1986/87 Series.

And in his role as ECB managing director of cricket partnerships he knows how crucial a Club Open Day could be to clubs up and down the country.

“This is not just a fantastic way to watch what I am sure will be a fantastic Ashes but also a great way for clubs to cement their places within the community,” Gatting said.

“The clubs themselves are important to the community as they keep kids off the street, bring people together and offer families the chance to enjoy sport and be healthy in a safe environment.

“You can have the cricket on TV, maybe have a barbeque or a T20 game going on and just have a great time of it.

“Cricket clubs are hubs of communities so if new people can come down and want to come back again next week then that is great to keep these going and hopefully building on the fantastic summer of sport London 2012 gave us.

“I think it is a fantastic idea and if local cricket clubs are going to thrive then Open Days could make a big difference and I hope they do.”

*To sign up your club for an Open Day and for more information on the benefits and support visit www.ecb.co.uk/clubopendays.

A full list of clubs taking part will be put on the ECB website in July.


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