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Cricket returns to Reading park after council approves community grant

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Cricket returns to Reading park after council approves community grant (Image: Reading City Council)

Cricket is returning to Cintra Park after Reading Borough Council’s Policy Committee awarded a £61,000 grant.

As part of the Community Infrastructure Levy, a non-grass pitch and two training nets will be installed in the park, bringing the popular sport back to Cintra.

There has been no cricket in Reading’s centre for some time now, with the Reading league having to be played at Charvil in midweek.

The new ground means that many of the teams based in Reading will no longer need to travel to surrounding counties to play cricket.

Clubs set to benefit include Elmhurst Cricket Club, Berkshire Royals Cricket Club and Jakaas Bandey.

(Image: Reading City Council)

Dr Jonathan Dewsbury, Chairman of Elmhurst Cricket Club, said: “We are looking forward to playing at our local park alongside our friends at Berkshire Royals and Jhakaas Bandey.

“However, this is only the first step and we now need to agree a lease with RBC for the use of the clubhouse, which has not been used for several years.”

Dr Dewsbury continued: “Reading is the 3rd most unequal city in terms of wealth (Centre for Cities, Gini coefficient 2017). This is perfectly illustrated by the location of Cintra Park, which lies between two of the poorest and richest areas in the whole of England.

“The return of cricket to Cintra can bring communities of different backgrounds, religions and cultures together. The benefits of returning sport to the heart of a community should not be underestimated in terms of its impact on physical and mental health. I am grateful to Green Cllr Dave McElroy for helping us bring this to the council and ‘knock’ for approval.

“We hope that in time we can establish a youth team and encourage more people to get involved and benefit from regular sport. We can build on the cricketing heritage that Reading has. For example, West Indies cricketer Gordon Greenidge, who scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 Test series, grew up and went to school in Alfred Sutton.”

Green Cllr Dave McElroy (Redlands) said: “Jonathan is generous with his praise; he has worked so hard to make this happen. Beyond that, he has basically said it all. I am excited to see what this funding will unlock for us as a community. If anyone else has ideas for great projects like this, Green councillors are always listening.”