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Morley look to cash in with further improvements

Morley look to cash in with further improvements


Morley have had a busy winter raising funds to continue their impressive programme of improvements to their facilities at Scatcherd Lane.

Their prime objective was to purchase new sight screens and their Crowdfunding appeal saw them bring in over £5,000 thanks to the generous support of club members, sponsors and supporters.

The club is seeking the assistance of a local company to build the screens which are being specially adapted to cope with the strong wind that blows down the pitch.

Club official Simon Barraclough said: "Our old screens were looking rather tired and battered so now we have the money to get new ones built in time for the new season."

The club is also hoping to have a new waterhog ahead of the new season which will help them with mopping up operations when rain strikes.

The money for that purchase will come from the profits of the bonus ball draw which is being run by one of the club's players, Gavin Goodlad.

Rain also plays a part in another of Morley's winter projects. The club have installed special water tanks to store rainwater which can be used in the summer to water the ground.

"It was an idea our club president Stephen Barmby came up with," said Barraclough. "In the hot summer of 2018 our ground suffered because we couldn't get enough water on it. We also had issues with low water pressure so recycling rainwater is going to be a big help to our groundsmen James Nixon and Scott Richardson."

With their two big annual fundraisers, the Beer Festival and Wicketfest ruled out by Covid-19, the clubs's fundraising efforts have taken on a different shape so they can continue to Raise Standards at Scatcherd Lane.

Their biggest project was the refurbishment of their bar in 2020, while the previous year they had carried out a similar project on their Willows function room. Morley also replaced all the windows in their clubhouse with shatterproof glass and changed all three boilers.

Another project which the club are proud of is the creation of their new b website on the Play-Cricket platform by scorer Ryan Dowse.

Barraclough added: "Ryan has been a great example of a club volunteer who has been proactive during lockdown while he has been furloughed.

"Ryan, left upgraded our match day offering in 2020 with his match day blog alongside his first team scoring duties. He has taken this a step further with his determination to develop our Play-Cricket website including updating player statistics. There is a rumor some players have asked for only certain games to be updated.

"Such has been the success of his work, we are now planning to switch off our existing website on April 1 and in doing so save the club a substantial annual fee."

Last week the club embarked on another innovation with members being invited to take part in an on-line 30 minute fitness programme produced for the club by Rachel Tunstall. The first session saw around 40 members  ranging from under-nines to first teamers took part.

"It is another way of getiing people to see each other again. With no pre-season nets we see it as an opportunity to get our players taking part in an activity that gets them fit and interacting with their colleagues again," added Barraclough.

And as the club prepares for the construction of its sight screens there are further projects under way. The burglar alarm and theirwi-fi systems are being upgraded.

Change and improving facilities has become core to Morley's philosophy and they can be proud of what they have achieved.




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