Home games de­liv­ered

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A help­ing hand from the Toko­roa Host Li­ons means South Waikato ju­nior crick­eters get to play their games in their own town on a new wicket.

The new pitch, which cost more than $9000, was funded by the Li­ons and the New Zealand Cricket Foun­da­tion.

The new wicket at the Mos­sop Rd grounds will be used for one home game ev­ery week, and the two teams will al­ter­nate.

Prior to the build, all of the ju­nior play­ers trav­elled to Ro­torua ev­ery week.

‘‘ We’ve got some ded­i­cated mums out there, but it’s an early start,’’ Toko­roa Cricket Club pres­i­dent Grant Hall said.

Once they se­cured fund­ing for ma­te­ri­als all that was needed was the skills to in­stall it, and that’s where the Li­ons club came in.

‘‘We didn’t know how to build it so we asked the Toko­roa Host Li­ons.’’

He knew the com­mu­ni­ty­fo­cused club had ex­pe­ri­enced trades­peo­ple in­volved.

But their $4000 con­tri­bu­tion came as a sur­prise.

The club was al­ready able to cover the costs with fees and some fund­ing from the En­deav­our Trust along with the Cricket Foun­da­tion fund­ing.

The ex­tra money from the trust has now been put to­wards up­grad­ing the prac­tice cages.

A plan to give the cricket club build­ing a ‘‘facelift’’ is also on the cards.

‘‘Our fo­cus, as a cricket club, is to bring it up to scratch.’’

Hall said the num­ber of mem­bers has dou­bled since last year.

BOWLED OVER: Hamish King, back, and Ryan Hall are stoked they will be able to stay in Toko­roa for cricket thanks to a new wicket.

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