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Claypole Cricket Club and Caythorpe Cricket Club put rivalries aside

By Connor Thompson

“A TRUE friendship in the game of cricket.”

Those were the words of Matthew Revill of Claypole Cricket Club, which has been involved in the local Newark divisions and county leagues for more than 100 years.

However, last season, due to the extreme heat, Claypole were unable to play their home games at their School Lane ground.

DAVID CREE (left) from Caythorpe stands united with Claypole player Matthew Revill (centre) and Claypole captain John North (right) at Caythorpe Playing Fields.
DAVID CREE (left) from Caythorpe stands united with Claypole player Matthew Revill (centre) and Claypole captain John North (right) at Caythorpe Playing Fields.

After their pitch was reported to the South Lincolnshire and Border Leagues panel not once, but twice, the club was forced to move.

“The only places that we were able to play were either Caythorpe Cricket Club or Fulbeck Cricket Club,” said Revill, 35, who works as a health and safety representative at Team Knowhow.

“We approached Dave Cree (the chairman of Caythorpe CC), and he has been brilliant.

“When I say this is a true friendship in the game of cricket, I mean this is something that goes beyond cricket.

“We did not have the funds to fix the pitch and if we didn’t find a new ground, we would’ve had to have taken a year out, or even folded.

“When you take a year out, more often that not you fold.”

Revill said the club was a mainstay of the village, and he believed that was why it had received great support from everybody involved.

Revill, who has played for Claypole since he was 12 years old, believes the sum to fix the cracks and holes in the field will be near to £40,000.

He praised the village’s parish council for its help in raising the profile of the funding campaign.

Having been in cricket for over 20 years, Revill thanked Claypole’s on-field rivals Caythorpe, as he feared that the temporary ground-share would spell the end for his much-loved club.

“We are an underdog club,” he said.

“We were promoted two years ago and we always compete against the likes of Balderton and Collingham.

“Dave (Cree) has allowed us (Claypole) to continue our story, and we are so thankful for that.

“Caythorpe could have easily taken the pick of our players, but they didn’t.”

Revill is in the process of planning multiple fundraisers, which are yet to be decided upon, as he targets a return to his home village in the next two years.


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