Cricket: Tickhill set to officially open new £250,000 pavilion

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Tickhill Cricket Club will officially open their new £250,000 Pentagon Pavilion on Sunday.

The upgrade to facilities at Alderson Road includes three new dressing rooms, an umpires’ room, a new kitchen and an extended social area and bar.

Tickhill were awarded grants totalling more than £150,000 by the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT), Sport England and the Wren Environmental Trust.

The club’s members also raised £100,000 towards the cost of the new pavilion.

The ribbon will be cut on the new buidling on Sunday when Tickhill 1st XI face a South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League Select XI.

President Paul Senior said: “We urgently needed to upgrade our changing and pavilion facilities. In our 150th anniversary year in 2010 we launched an appeal and after major fundraising activities the new pavilion project was completed by April 2015.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to go ahead with this project considering the difficult economic climate in recent years and have had generous support from our members, friends and local benefactors. We are also extremely grateful to the EWCT, Sport England and WREN for their generous financial support.

“We regard the grants as an investment in cricket at the club for the future and believe this facility will benefit the local community in the long term.

“Finally thanks goes to Pentagon who have given unstintingly to this project and we are delighted to be naming the pavilion, the Pentagon Pavilion.”

The club’s new bar has been named Pete’s Bar in honour of the late Pete Barnett, Tickhill CC’s former chairman.