UTTOXETER Cricket Club have celebrated last season's success in the Derbyshire County League by adding to improvements made at their Marchington ground.
The Division Five South champions have installed a new digital scoreboard for when lockdown restrictions are lifted to allow UK sport to recommence.
The club's trophy-winning first team instigated the replacement of the former wooden, manually-worked scoring equipment at the Jacks Lane ground.
Club spokesman James Burton said: “The scoreboard is enhancement on the previous wooden manual one that was in need of repair. Moving to an electronic scoreboard is a further step in modernising the club and enhancing our facilities.
“It was purchased in readiness for the 2020 season in March. We are obviously disappointed that we can’t use it yet and hope some cricket is played this season.”
Cricket and sport in general has been suspended in the UK until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this hasn't stopped the club from being active.
James added: “The coronavirus has meant the club has been closed. We have kept our social media accounts busy to try and keep cricket in the forefront of people’s minds.
“Our team of volunteer grounds men have carried out some work on the ground and have abided by social distancing rules at all times.”
The club has expressed its thanks to members Dave Whitehead, Stan Maxwell and Tony Hayes for volunteering to install the scoreboard and for all the work they had done on the ground during lockdown.
The sport's governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), announced last week that clubs can re-commence practice, but social distancing and other rules must be adhered to.
The club is now in a position to offer training slots for members.
Pictured: The new digital scoreboard.