A local Cricket Club that is nearly 100 years old has officially opened a £20,000 facility to invest in the future of the sport in the area.

Stratton on the Fosse Cricket Club played for 93 years at Downside School, but sadly had to vacate after the 2014 season, due to changes at the school. As a consequence, the club was reborn as Chilcompton Sports Cricket Club, bringing League Cricket to the village of Chilcompton for the first time at the Chilcompton Sports Club facility.

The club then built its own cricket square, using reconditioned machinery, funded by the players, sponsors and friends of the club, and in the last three years, has managed to buy sight screens, covers, boundary rope and an outfield mower, thanks to various Grants.

In 2015, a Youth Section was formed and in 2017 the U11s finished Runners-up to Midsomer Norton CC in the Bath Youth League. The club now runs three Senior weekend teams and two Junior Mid-week teams.

Bringing all of this hard work together, the final piece of the jigsaw was building the outside nets, which were officially opened last week, with thanks to local sponsors, Parker Transport (SW) Ltd., Spectrum Form Design Ltd., PG Owen Ltd., S. Davis Building, Aggregate Industries, Morris and Perry Ltd., and the Tesco Bags of Help Grant, with the cause being voted for by local shoppers. The nets have cost around £20,000 to build and will provide training facilities for the club, which stands at seventy Senior players and forty Junior players.

If you would like to join a thriving club, then please contact Dave Travis on: 07725 458404 or email: [email protected] Junior Training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.15 p.m., with Senior Training on Thursday evenings from 6.30 p.m. New Players are very welcome.