Clubs team up to raise cash

Newton Hill Cricket Club teams up with Wakefield Wildcats. Pictured from left: Lee Birmingham, Daddy Cool, Thomas Birmingham, Tom Morely and Semi Tadulala.
Newton Hill Cricket Club teams up with Wakefield Wildcats. Pictured from left: Lee Birmingham, Daddy Cool, Thomas Birmingham, Tom Morely and Semi Tadulala.

THEY may play with different shaped balls but two sports clubs have proved they’re playing for the same side after teaming up to raise money.

Newton Hill Cricket Club is aiming to raise £100,000 to build a new club house at its Leeds Road ground.

And its appeal has been backed by rugby league giants Wakefield Wildcats.

Next month the cricket club will hold a fundraising comedy dinner at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, in Belle Vue.

Lee Birmingham, the club’s junior coach and manager, said: “All money raised at this event will be put towards the club’s £100,000 appeal which we recently launched.

“We are looking to build a new clubhouse which will ensure that all players both at junior and senior level will have new and safe facilities thus ensuring the next 100 years of cricket at Newton Hill.

“The values that the Wildcats and Newton Hill Cricket Club have linked hand-in-hand, as we both strive to develop sport and enjoyment in our respective fields.”

In return for their support, some of the cash raised on the night will be donated to the Wildcats Community Trust.

As well as a three-course meal and entertainment from comedian Billy Bean, guests will also get the chance to meet Wildcat players including Semi Tadulala, part-time player and Wildcats Community Trust project manager.

He said: “It’s great that two sports can come together for the benefit of the local community and I’m sure the night will be a great success.”

The comedy dinner takes place on Saturday, March 24, at the Wakefield Wildcats Cats Bar.

Tickets cost £32.50 and can be bought at the Wildcats’ shops at the ground and at The Ridings Shopping Centre, or e-mail lee.birmingham@csplc.com or call 07967 452716.