Caddick opens new two-lane net bay at Honiton CC

Andy Caddick opens the new nets at Honiton, surrounded by youngsters from the club

FORMER Somerset and England fast bowler Andy Caddick was guest of honour when Honiton opened their new net complex.

It took more than a year to raise the £38,000 needed to layout the new, two-bay facility on the ground, money raised from variety of sources.

The ECB were willing to cover 70 per cent of the cost if the club could raise the remainder.

There was a deadline to get the money raised as ECB were only willing to keep the grant available until the end of January this year.

Among the devices used to raise the rest of the cash were a crowdfunding project that prompted donations from a number of sources.

Among the business backers were: Fred Champion Groundworks, MKM Building Supplies, Devon Tiles, Laps Lawns, Tesco, Tom Travers Fencing, Steve Hoskins Construction, Clifton Emery Design, Ruddlesden Geotechnical, Old Mill Financial Services and AWP.

Individuals chipped in with donations, including one that came from Canada, sent by relatives of a player in the under-10 team.

Around £5,000 was raised in donations, which left a small shortfall. To cover it club members saved money by doing some of the non-specialist ground works themselves.

Pete Matravers, Honiton’s vice-chairman, was master of ceremonies on the opening evening.

Before handing over to Caddick to cut the ceremonial ribbon, Matravers said: “Tonight is a celebration of what we have achieved and is an opportunity to say ‘thanks’ to all who helped. On behalf of the club we are very appreciative.”