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Orpington cricket club awarded £40,000 grant from Sport England for permanent cricket nets

PUBLISHED: 13:09 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 14 June 2017

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A ribbon cuttnig ceremony took place with Kent cricketer Alex Blake

The new nets before the ribbon was cutThe new nets before the ribbon was cut

An Orpington cricket club have been awarded a £40,000 grant from Sport England.

Locksbottom Cricket Club have received the grant so it can build its first-ever permanent set of cricket nets at its ground on Tugmutton Common.

The nets were opened on Monday, June 12 by Kent cricketer Alex Blake, who then spoke with junior players, and joined them for a practice once the ribbon had been cut.

Chris Hollands, secretary of the cricket club, said: “We are thrilled. We’re a very cmall, village, community-run club, with no paid employees, who just have a passion for cricket.

“The club runs junior and senior sides and we’re now inviting new members from aged 11 upwards.”

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