Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read went back to his roots last month to open new facilities for disabled cricketers at his boyhood club, Paignton CC in South Devon.
Read led a coaching session and signed autographs for the junior players who had gathered to watch the opening of the new Trevor Ward nets, named after the local hero who was one of Read’s own early batting mentors.
The nets have been paid for by waste management company Viridor, who contributed £120,000 as part of the landfill community tax credit scheme. The ECB and The Devon Cricket Board want to turn the club into a centre of excellence for disabled cricketers in the South West. Stephan George, who played for England in the Deaf Ashes in Melbourne last January, is one of a host of cricketers already produced.
Read will be back at Paignton in September accompanied by Sir Vivian Richards for a charity fundraising dinner to raise further funds for the club to spend on another expansion of the training facilities.