Go into bat for your cricket team

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Mata­mata crick­eters are be­ing called on to come for­ward and pitch for a grant as part of the ANZ Cricket Grant Scheme.

Schools, clubs, play­ers, fans and so­cial teams can ap­ply for brand new cricket gear and other sup­port by ex­plain­ing why they need a grant and how the as­sis­tance will help.

The na­tion­wide scheme is aimed to sup­port New Zealand cricket at a com­mu­nity level, award­ing $100,000 worth of equip­ment to play­ers and teams of all ages to help them reach their full po­ten­tial.

ANZ Head of Spon­sor­ship Sue McGre­gor said the bank is pas­sion­ate about help­ing the coun­try’s sum­mer game grow.

‘‘The ANZ Cricket Grant Scheme was set up to as­sist cricket fans and play­ers at all lev­els, whether they’re play­ing com­pet­i­tively or in the back­yard with their fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

‘‘We hear of play­ers and teams who can’t prac­tice or com­pete on the pitch due to worn out or a com­plete lack of equip­ment and we want to help change that.

‘‘If you’re in that sit­u­a­tion, or even if you’re fan who wants to en­joy the game, get to a com­puter and ap­ply.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the ANZ Cricket Grant Scheme are open now un­til Fe­bru­ary 20, 2014 and can be com­pleted at anzcrick­et­world.co.nz.

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