Vaughan leads club cricket initiative

The former England captain, Michael Vaughan, is fronting a search for the most loved and worthy cricket club in England and Wales.

The “Biggest Little Cricket Club” initiative forms part of the forthcoming NatWest CricketForce weekend, and the winning club will be rewarded with a visit from a range of cricketing specialists on Sunday, April 1.

“We want to find out which local cricket club is the Biggest Little Cricket Club in the country,” said Vaughan. “They won’t necessarily be the biggest in size, or the most successful, but they will be the most loved.  We’re hoping clubs seize this opportunity to drum up support and get the whole community involved.”

The clubs must demonstrate the strength of their support by enlisting their members, friends, and local community to vote online to get them to the top 5 on the leaderboard.  In return, the club judged the most worthy will receive the visit from cricketing experts, which includes Michael Vaughan, ECB pitch consultant Chris Wood, along with DIY professionals and NatWest staff.

Vaughan says, “Every International cricketer starts their career playing for their local club, and the role grassroots cricket plays in establishing our love for the game is vital.  Our team of specialists will boost the winning club’s pre-season preparations during NatWest CricketForce weekend.”

The top five clubs with the most points at 9am on Friday, March 23 will be submitted to a judging panel to decide which club will receive the top honour. The four runners-up will each receive merchandise signed by members of the England team.

The Biggest Little Cricket Club initiative is open to all cricket clubs in England and Wales who have registered at www.ecb.co.uk/natwestcricketforce. Voting is via www.natwest.com/cricket and closes at 9am on March 23.

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