Bridgeholme improvements almost completed

Bridgeholme CC after ground developments
Bridgeholme CC after ground developments

The indefatigable Keith Hudson is itching to get out Bridgeholme CC’s new mower and cut the square in readiness for the 2014 season.

The action may still be two and a half months away but Hudson has been busy making improvements to the Foster’s Halifax League club’s ground, aided by £50,000-plus from the ECB.

Bridgeholme were awarded the cash after the floods of 2012, when their Eastwood ground was submerged on a couple of occasions.

The ECB cash has been used to extend the pavilion - so that the groundsman’s equipment can be stored above normal flood level - to improve security, build a wall around the ground, provide a flagged walkway and disabled access.

Hudson has, as usual, been busy heading the work team and has also managed to secure a kit sponsorship deal with Yorkshire Timber and Builders Merchants.

The long-serving Hudson, who lives next to the ground, said he was really looking forward to the season with the improvements in place.

“Things are looking good and the square is really lush. It needs a cut but it is too soggy at the moment.”

Bridgeholme were relegated from the middle section last season but Hudson expects his side to bounce back.

“I can’t really see any problems. Cullingworth are new to the league and will be keen to show their mettle but we should have a strong side,” he said.

Hudson, who claims to be looking forward to retiring from playing, is encouraged by the improvement shown by the club’s younger players.

Bowler Allah Ditta may have work commitments this summer but Hudson said there was one possible new signing.

The club’s captains will be sorted out at the AGM in the near future but Hudson is hopeful Dan Fielden will take on the first team role and Oliver Davy-Day will continue in charge of the seconds.

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