Former England bowler and current Middlesex CCC managing director of cricket Angus Fraser will officially open Shenley Village’s new artificial surface practice nets tomorrow morning.
The ceremony at Shenley Cricket Centre in Radlett Lane, which is expected to start at 10.30am, will consist of an official ribbon cutting and short speech, followed by light refreshments in the pavilion. Afterwards a junior cricket tournament, featuring Shenley Village Under-9s and Under-11s alongside invited local teams, will get underway.
Specialist coaching master-classes and side shows including a raffle and barbecue are also planned.
The four-lane practice nets facility has been made possible thanks to the Lafarge Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. The scheme provides funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects, situated within seven miles of a Lafarge Tarmac landfill site.
In this case, there are sites in Colney Heath and Harper Lane in Radlett.
The redevelopment project provides an artificial surface covering the entire length of the wicket, with much-improved run-ups for bowlers.
The club play on Shenley’s Denis Compton Oval and can boast some of the best practice facilities in the county.
In Herts Division One action last weekend, Shenley Village eased to a seven-wicket win over Hitchin.
The opponents could only muster 175 for seven from 42 overs. In reply, Shenley Village coasted to the target in 34.5 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
The Seconds also picked up a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Old Cholmeleians in Division Six.
Their opponents were dismissed for 134 in 47.5 overs but this was never likely to be enough.
Shenley Village lost just two wickets as they wrapped up the win in just 29.2 overs.
The Thirds were beaten for the second match in a row as they lost to Flitwick Thirds by 102 runs in Division Ten.
Flitwick scored a total of 219 for six and Shenley came up well short as they were all out for 117 in 35.3 overs.
Shenley Village Fourths earned a 51-run win over Boxmoor Fourths in Division 12 West.
A decent innings saw them reach 207 for nine. Shenley Village’s bowlers impressed as they dismissed Boxmoor for 156.
Radlett’s Premier Division match with Welwyn Garden City was abandoned.
Their opponents were on 85 for three when the rain came and brought the contest to a halt.
Radlett Seconds earned a 94-run win over Baldock in Division Two.
The side managed to score 202 for five from 36 overs and Baldock fell short of the target as they were dismissed for 108.
Radlett Thirds suffered a four-wicket defeat to Hertford Thirds in Division Five.
After scoring a total of 202 for eight, Radlett were unable to stop Hertford from surpassing this for the loss of six wickets in 40.2 overs.
Radlett Fourths claimed a 33-run victory over Old Camdenians in Division Seven.
The team scored 184 all out out in 36 overs and their bowling helped dismiss their opponents for 151.
Radlett Fifths’ game against Bushey Thirds was cancelled.