Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club members have two reasons to celebrate this season. Not only are their teams finally able to get out onto the pitch without further Covid disruption; they can also enjoy the benefits of a second three-year sponsorship deal with local quarrying company Longcliffe.

The company’s partnership with the Club began with its first three-year sponsorship in 2018. This was renewed in 2021 when the Club, like many other local sports facilities, was being badly hit by Covid restrictions. Now, a year into the second three-year partnership period, players are welcoming the opportunity to wear their sponsor-branded kit and get out on the field regularly.

Longcliffe Operations Director Chris Wainwright went along to a training session to formalise the partnership and hear how the Club’s 2022 season is going.

He said: “It is a pleasure to be closely involved with this genuinely community-orientated club. Like Longcliffe, the Club has been part of the local area for a very long time, and we were happy to be able to continue our sponsorship. It’s great to see the players in their Longcliffe kit and we look forward to hearing about all the teams’ success over the coming seasons.”

Club Chair Sue Marshall added: “We very much appreciate the Longcliffe sponsorship. With ground maintenance, cost of materials and electricity dramatically

increasing, we rely on our sponsors more and more and it’s reassuring to have Longcliffe’s commitment for another three years.”

The Club, which was established in 1849, has four senior teams, three youth teams and delivers the ECB All Stars and Dynamos programmes for 5- to 11-year-olds, girls and boys.

For more information about the Club go to www.wirksworthmiddletoncricketclub.co.uk .