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Cricketers in a spin to raise clubhouse fund

Members of Newton Hill Cricket Club Thomas Birmingham, Ben Ternent and Ben Fisher on exercise bikes preparing for a 200-mile static ride to Lords ahead of Saturday's fundraising ride in Trinity Walk, pictured with Ian Gibson from Fit 24 Gym and Organiser Lee Birmingham. (w643a348)

Members of Newton Hill Cricket Club Thomas Birmingham, Ben Ternent and Ben Fisher on exercise bikes preparing for a 200-mile static ride to Lords ahead of Saturday's fundraising ride in Trinity Walk, pictured with Ian Gibson from Fit 24 Gym and Organiser Lee Birmingham. (w643a348)

A cricket club is putting a new spin on a trip to Lords.

Newton Hill CC are staging 200-mile charity bike ride to the home of cricket without leaving the WF1 postcode.

Cricketers, ranging from the U11s squad to the 1st team, will undertake a static ride on spinning bikes at Trinity Walk from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

They will be raising funds for a new clubhouse, which will cost about £100,000.

Junior team manager Lee Birmingham said: “We’ve done fundraising bike rides to Lords and Wembley during the past two years on road bikes but what we wanted to do was to get some of the junior players involved, giving them a chance to participate in something which was fun and different.”

The club has teamed up with Ian Gibson at the Fit 24 gym at Trinity Walk. The fitness boss has lent them five spinning bikes for the ride.

The riders will be based outside the gym in a gazebo trying to drum up funds on what will be a big shopping day in the run up to Christmas.

Each team member will do a stint on the bike in a mass relay effort and parents will also take a turn.

Dad-of-two Mr Birmingham 41, will ride with his son Thomas, 12, who plays for the juniors.

Mr Birmingham said: “He’s a bit nervous about the crowds but excited by the opportunity.”

But huge crowds won’t be a sticky wicket for Mr Birmingham. He was cheered on by 10,000 people last summer when he carried the Olympic torch into Birmingham after being nominated by his employers, Cadburys.

He said: “Carrying the Olympic torch was very individual but this is quite a family experience for everybody.”

The club is very much a family affair for Mr Birmingham as his wife Julie runs the tuck shop on junior matchdays.

The clan will be rattling buckets for the cause on Saturday and selling raffle tickets for the Christmas Draw.

Prizes include a Yorkshire T20 shirt signed by Ashes hero Joe Root and his teammates.

 

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