Is the final close of play looming for village cricket club?

A historic village cricket club's future is under real threat.

Wednesday, 28th September 2016, 10:07 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:39 pm
Raymond Platt captured this image of White Coppice Cricket Club in a rare moment of sunshine

White Coppice CC has put out an SOS call for new committee members.

The 141-year-old club’s ground was once voted one of the most picturesque in the country, but now it is in danger of folding.

The club is searching for a new chairman, secretary, groundsman, umpire, two scorers, first aiders and others, including players, as existing committee members call it a day.

Cindy Dixon, club chairman and secretary, explained: “The season has just finished but we’re hoping we can continue, but at the moment we’re struggling for help on the committee.

“As well as doing the jobs I do, I’ve had to score this season, we’ve had to come up here and do painting and cleaning and restoration works of all sorts and we need more people to share the work out and if anyone was willing to come and help us we’d be more than grateful.

“I‘ve been connected now with the club for 30 years. I just love the place and I do feel guilty but I’m at retirement age now and I feel after doing 30 years I need to give myself and my husband a bit of time to ourselves.”

White Coppice’s 1st and 2nd XI play in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield.

Messages of support have been posted on the club’s Facebook page. One from Liam Winstanley said: “Good luck all at White Coppice Cricket Club. Tough times and I feel for the volunteers and players that pull their tripe out every summer to keep things going. All the best and I hope it works out.”