Stowmarket cricketers net funding boost

Cricketers at all ages and levels in Stowmarket declared themselves delighted with a funding boost from UK Power Networks.

Stowmarket Cricket Club has been presented with a £250 grant from the power company which delivers electricity across the East of England.

The money will be put towards the building of a new mobile net facility at the club to boost training for adults and juniors at the Chilton Fields club.

Simon Codd, who works as a surveyor in the company’s Bury St Edmunds office, applied for the award in his capacity as a member of the club’s committee and vice-captain of its second XI.

He said: “I’ve personally been involved with Stowmarket Cricket Club for 15 years now and everyone there is really grateful for this donation.

“We have a thriving youth section, both boys and girls, and are trying to encourage even more youngsters in the local community to join us and enjoy cricket.

“We have an incredible age span going from five to 68-year-olds involved in the club and upgrading our facilities should help everyone improve their game. I know I’m always keen to work at my own bowling and everyone else will be the same.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.

If you are interested in playing, volunteering, sponsoring or supporting Stowmarket Cricket Club please contact Clive Witherly on 01359 240019 or via email The club’s website is