With the all too familiar trend of local sports clubs finding it difficult to thrive or even survive, one local cricket club is enjoying a resurgence in their fortunes.
Ancaster Cricket Club, who withdrew from the Grantham and Melton Association in 2010, have returned with a bang.
During the wilderness years up to 2015, the club began a rebuilding programme, making a concerted effort to involve a group of 13- and 14-year-olds from the village who, along with a few grizzled veterans, began to reinvigorate the club by playing friendlies with other clubs in the area.
Ancaster returned to competitive cricket last season, joining the Lincoln and District Sunday League and playing in Division Four. During 2015, they only lost one league match, winning the division and the Major Hoult Knockout Cup Final against Aisthorpe, which was played at Bracebridge Heath.
This season, following promotion to Division Three, their record is played 10, won 10, including booking a place in the Major Hoult Final again at Bracebridge Heath on August 28.
It is not just the team’s results though, that is are very pleasing part of the outcome, it has been a whole community effort. Through the generosity of local businesses, clubs, organisations and individuals becoming involved both financially and with an active fan base, the club goes from strength to strength.
Club secretary Neill Butters expressed his thanks to all those who have contributed to this success story.
He said: “One of the best effects of this is, once again, seeing the enjoyment and enthusiasm on the faces of the people of Ancaster, some of whom never thought they would see cricket played at Ancaster again.
“The success of the team is tempered by the memories in 2010 of being all out for 10 against Bingham. It shows that success at cricket should never be taken for granted.”