Wakefield bobbies get on their bikes to help Newton Hill cricket club

Newton Hill Cricket Club are trying to raise �100k for a new club house. The team and its supporters have done lots of fundraising so far but the main event is a sponsored bike ride. The riders will go from Wakefield to Lords Cricket Ground covering 240miles in three days. The club has secured sponsorship from new restaurant Kashmiri Aroma, Harratts  and the Methley Spire hotel.'James Kendall, Jon Morley, James Kendall, Lee Birmingham, Nadeem Akhtar, Bill Potter, David Adungton

Newton Hill Cricket Club are trying to raise �100k for a new club house. The team and its supporters have done lots of fundraising so far but the main event is a sponsored bike ride. The riders will go from Wakefield to Lords Cricket Ground covering 240miles in three days. The club has secured sponsorship from new restaurant Kashmiri Aroma, Harratts and the Methley Spire hotel.'James Kendall, Jon Morley, James Kendall, Lee Birmingham, Nadeem Akhtar, Bill Potter, David Adungton

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BOBBIES will be getting on their bikes to help secure the future of a 110-year-old cricket club for the next generation of players.

Det Supt Jon Morley and two of his colleagues are set to cycle 250 miles visiting three cricket grounds in aid of Newton Hill Cricket Club.

DS Morley, Det Con Bill Potter and retired police officer Dave Adlington are aiming to raise £5,000 to help the club reach its target of £100,000 to pay for a new club house.

DS Morley’s son Tom plays for the under 13s side at the Leeds Road-based club.

He said: “We want to have the training and changing facilities that the club and the kid deserve.

“The club has been going since 1902 and it would be a great shame if it was to die a death.”

On Tuesday they will cycle from the club’s ground to Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

The following day they will pedal to Edgbaston, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club before arriving at the home of cricket, Lords, on Thursday.

Earlier this year a comedy night held at the Wakefield Wildcats’ ground raised more than £2,000 towards the fundraising target.

The club has already secured sponsorship from a number of local businesses including Kashmiri Aroma, Harratts Volvo , Booths Carpets, MRF Engineering, Spire Methley Park, Spell Sports and Canterbury of New Zealand UK.

But they still need more help to reach their fundraising total.

Junior team manager Lee Birmingham said: “The facilities we have at the moment are usable but we want to

“We want to create two new dressing rooms, a community area, kitchen and bar facilities and indoor toilets.

To contact Mr Birmingham e-mail lee.birmingham@csplc.com or follow the club on Twitter @newtonhillcc