State of the art nets installed at ‘Drock’
State of the art nets installed at ‘Drock’

Lanhydrock’s new nets.

28th April 2021

By Tom Howe

Chairman Steve Cavendish says the erection of new nets give Lanhydrock ‘one of, if not the best’ outdoor artificial facilities in the county.

Through the SUEZ Communities Trust, the club has received a grant of £44,500 to install new artificial nets at their picturesque home on the grounds of Lanhydrock House. Planning permission was granted in early February, with work having taken place this month.

The nets mean club members, in both the adult and junior game, can train in all weathers whereas, currently, their facilities are very much weather dependent with sessions often cancelled completely due to inclement conditions.

It is the latest step forward for a club whose County One side have won one and lost the other of their opening two fixtures, with their team in Division Four East triumphing in both of their games.

“The installation of the twin bay fully enclosed practice facility is complete,” reported Cavendish when speaking to the Voice. “The facility is an ECB DSi-pro Vision cricket system and is one of, if not the best, outdoor artificial cricket facilities in the county. It will enhance the level of training we can provide to senior and junior members of the club as well as opening up opportunities for more to get into the game.

“There is a nice outlook [at the club] at the moment. We have recently re-signed somebody called James Maycock from Wadebridge. He was with us two years ago, went to Wadebridge last year and has now come back to us. He is a top order batsman and comes with a lot of experience.

“The first-team did lose on Saturday which we are a bit disappointed but they did beat Falmouth in their first game of the season. Falmouth were recently relegated from the Premier League and it is the first time they have ever played outside of the top division in Cornish cricket history. They beat them on the opening day of the season and that was a good result but on Saturday they were narrowly defeated at Gorran.

“The second-team have had two wins out of two to date and that has been with some youngsters in as well which is good for the club. What is interesting is that, when you look at the average age of our teams, they are all pretty young which is good.”