Old Sharlston Cricket Club could get a new home after nine year wait

Old Sharlston Cricket Club could finally get their new pavilion after a nine year wait. Members have pledged to fund the new build and the club has submitted a new planning application.
Old Sharlston Cricket Club could finally get their new pavilion after a nine year wait. Members have pledged to fund the new build and the club has submitted a new planning application.
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A cricket club could finally get a new club house after nine years of toil.

Old Sharlston Cricket Club’s pavilion has been in decline for years with the building “falling apart at the seams”.

Members have been desperately trying to get funding since 2006 but have failed on several occasions.

But after scaling back their plans in a new application, members have pledged to help fund the development, which could cost around £130,000.

Chairman Keith Hartshorne said: “We compete in the highest local league but compared to other teams we have got the worst facilities.

“We buck the trend because we get players coming to us wanting to play, despite not having the facilities. We desperately need a new building.”

President Eric Ball said the pavilion was no longer fit for purpose.

He added: “The building is well past its sell-by date. It still has an old timber structure and doesn’t reflect what a good club we are.”

The application submitted to Wakefield Council includes demolishing the current clubhouse on Weeland Road and building a new pavilion on the same site.

The club has downsized its original plans, which now include a new changing room, kitchen, officials’ room and function room.

Members have pledged around £18,000 to pay for the new building’s structure.

They have applied for £50,000 from the Waste Recycling Environmental Group, a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community projects, to pay for fixtures and furniture.

The club is speaking to other groups to get funding.

Mr Hartshorne said: “We have decided to apply for planning permission now because when people usually get the grants, they cannot get the planning permission. We are confident we will be able to get the money this time round.”

The club currently has two Saturday teams and a Tuesday night team. They were crowned champions of the Pontefract and District Cricket League in 2013.

The site is also home of the Yorkshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club, the first club of its kind in the area.

Mr Ball said: “Getting a new building would be a big asset for the village.”