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LONGRIDGE cricket club are going all out with their latest project.

Work has begun on the first phase of the sport club’s major revamp - with aims to have an extended clubhouse completed by July.

Members are already gearing up for an exciting new season and officials are hoping the new facility will allow the club to build on its success.

The new structure is an extension on the current club space and the beginning of a project to regenerate the existing clubhouse, at the Newsham Memorial Ground, located on Chipping Road ,which has been in situe since 1972.

Chairman of Longridge CC Tom Haworth said it was an exciting time for the club.

He said: “Following many months of careful planning, I’m delighted that with the help of local businesses we are now ready to undertake this fantastic redevelopment.

“The new facility will provide the members of our club with the first class facility they deserve, allowing us as a club to continue to flourish building upon the successes achieved both on and off the cricket field in recent years.’

Mr Haworth praised club members and the Longridge people and businesses who had helped to fund the scheme through fundraising and sponsorship efforts.

He added: “It is absolutely fantastic the encouragement and support shown by people in Longridge for their local sports clubs- the government talk of a big society - we’ve had one here for the past 50 years.”

The first team will bowl into action against close neighbours Whittingham & Goosnargh on April 23 and asked if the redevelopment would be ready in time for the fixture, Tom said: “Our aim is to have most of the new structure in place within the next month; however a realistic finish date for this the first phase of the project is Friday July 1.”

Longridge CC will be hoping that this is the case, as they will host a T20 fixture against the touring Crusaders CC of Victoria, Australia that evening.

The fixture will be an opportunity for Vinny Wilkinson’s men to continue the recent run of English cricketing success against the Aussies and erase the memories of a Crusaders defeat four years.

At that time a young fast bowler Clint McKay, who has since gone on to represent Australia at senior international level, proved to be the star of the show.

• Longridge CC was also delighted to hear that Emma Simpson has been selected to represent the county this coming season, along with recently departed 1stXI wicket keeper Gary Knight who has made the U19 squad following his winter move to Ormskirk CC.