BULAHDELAH Cricket Club will get their season off to a good start after being bowled over with a $1,000 donation from Bulahdelah Lions Club last week.
The generous donation will allow the club to purchase a new playing kit which will provide all the equipment needed for training and competition matches.
Cricket Club President Bradley Allen, said they are extremely grateful for the assistance of the Lions Club who have helped get the club up and running.
“This is the first time that we have had a competition team in 12 years, we’re going in C-grade, so the whole idea is getting the kids into it,” Mr Allen said.
“We’ve already had a few training sessions for our first game next weekend, which is a home game against Old Bar.”
Mr Allen said the club desperately needed the new equipment which includes essential items such as bats, balls, bails, pads and helmets.
Lions Club President Roger Dixon told News Of The Area the members were pleased to be able to assist the cricket club.
“It’s a worthy cause for a local organisation and it will be good for the town as well,” Mr Dixon said.
“The club needed the funds to help them get established and we are more than happy to assist.”
Mr Allen said club members were looking forward to playing the first competition game on their home pitch which was recently repaired with a funds provided through a State Government grant.
“The pitch is great, we’ve got some turn in it, so the ball moves off the wicket better,” he said.
“It’s very spin friendly, so anyone who can spin a ball gets a reward for being a good spin bowler.”
Mr Allen has had a long history with cricket competitions in the Manning area and hopes a bat that he recently had signed by Australian cricket great Michael Clarke will inspire club members.
By Daniel SAHYOUN