Sheffield cricketers bowled over by fresh cash for pitch

A group of cricketers in Firth Park who were initially snubbed for funding will now receive thousands of pounds to improve their ground.

The £9500 investment was agreed earlier this month by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) with work expected to begin in April 2019.

Syed Naveed Hassan, a member of the group, said: “The new pitch will make a huge difference because during summer, families and young children can join in the fun.

“It will certainly help to take some youngsters off the streets and into the park.”

Sheffield originally received £145,000 from the ECB to install ten artificial cricket pitches across the city, but Firth Park was not chosen for the project.

After hearing an impressive sales pitch by the group, the governing body agreed to provide extra investment into the Firth Park site.

Current cricket pitch in Firth Park, which will be developed soon.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m thrilled that the ECB and YCB have recognised the importance of good cricket facilities for this community.

“It will make a huge difference, not only in encouraging this group to continue playing but also in attracting even more people to the sport.”

People looking to have a go at cricket can use the free public facilities at following parks:

• Graves Park

• Bents Green Playing Fields

• Warminster Road

• Ecclesfield Park

• Mather Road

• Hollinsend Playing Fields

• Westfield Old School site

• Don Valley Bowl

• Meadowhead School