The decision to close a Dorset cricket club for adult games has bee reprieved.
Colehill Cricket Club were initially told that they would not be able to continue using the grounds due to ‘financial risks’ and complaints from surrounding neighbours near the ground, this caused a major uproar nationally and amongst the cricket community.
Amid the decision over the closure, a petition was set up by club captain George Taylor which amassed over 29,000 signatures and gained traction with high-profile names like cricketer and Ben Stokes and Piers Morgan who both came out in support of keeping the ground open.
After the expectations were exceeded from the petition the decision was revered and the cricket club were allowed to set up an online crowd funding for netting around the ground.
The crowd funder was launched on Wednesday, January 11, and and is hoping to meet a goal of £35,000 which would cover the costs for extensive netting around the ground with the project being carried out in two phases.
Lewis Naylor, a member of Colehill Cricket Club said: “We were only hoping at a best case a few hundred would sign with and agree with us.
“For us to return netting would have to be implemented across the roadside and around the ground” and running going back into playing on the ground.
The cricket club are hoping that the crowd funding will enable them to play at the grounds again soon.