New pavilion on agenda to complement club growth

Lightcliffe Cricket Club are set to make “significant progress” on and off the pitch in the next 12 months with new signings and potentially a new pavilion in the pipeline.

Chairman Steve Hartley gave that upbeat assessment at the club’s annual general meeting which saw over 30 members and players pack into the Sun Inn pub.

The club has been exploring development opportunities for some time and, with the existing pavilion over 75 years old, now is the time to look at future options.

Nothing has been decided and Hartley outlined: “there is much to discuss and consult on”.

Keeping the existing building, an iconic design, is one option on the table. A sub committee is meeting to look at a range of options.

Hartley said: “The existing pavilion has served the club well for nearly a century. We are proud of the club’s past but are mindful of ensuring we have good facilities for future generations.

“Nothing will be decided without full consultation.”

On the pitch, there are now more than 120 junior players on the books.

The four senior teams have recruited well.

Proven Bradford League all-rounder Ian Philliskirk will experience. Chris Hill, an all rounder, will add knowledge and skill to the second team.

In the women’s section, organiser Anglea Monaghan has reported a healthy turnout of players old and new at the winter nets.