Diss officially open new nets

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Diss Cricket Club have officially opened their new two bay net facility with help of a grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The nets which cost £30,000, were funded by various sources including South Norfolk District Council and the Geoffrey Watling Charity as well as the club being among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of the £20 million of National Lottery funding from the Sport England fund.

The new nets, which were officially opened by Town Mayor Julian Mason and Mike Banham from the Norfolk Cricket Board, include, double full size batting wickets with four meter high cage frames, enclosed batting ends and woven lines in the artificial grass surface to help aid bowling accuracy.

Club Chairman, Martin Fairweather, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which has allowed us to install the best cricket net facilities within a 20 mile radius.

“People have better experience of sport when they have access to good Sport Facilities.

“The majority of our first team players were coached through the junior levels at this club and this new facility will benefit the next generation of junior cricketers in our local community for many years to come.”