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The sight of cricket clubs up and down the country continuing to get back to some sort of normality fills the heart with glee – and seeing the work clubs put in during the toughest periods of the lockdown fills the heart with pride. Falkirk-based Westquarter & Redding have always had strong links with their local community and last year the ESCA outfit were named Sunday Mail sportscotland Local Club of the Year.

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Stephen Sutton, one of the directors at the club, said: “When the lockdown began we had various conversations about what we could do to help others and then we got on with getting things done. We put in an exercise circuit on the pitch and encouraged local people to come down and use it and then post pictures. It proved popular and provided plenty of outdoor space to keep social distance."

“We donated 12 pairs of pyjamas worth £250 to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for patients and then we began to run Zoom yoga and quizzes for our Alzheimer Scotland group with whom we already had a relationship with.

“Early on in lockdown was difficult for all, but especially for those living with Alzheimer’s and it was great to keep them connected and having fun.

“It was just as important to make sure that none of our members were missing out or unable to get their cricket fix so we handed out bats and balls to those who didn’t have them and we delivered new junior shirts to 50 kids and chatted with them and their families.

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“Over and above those social distanced visits, all members have kept in regular contact in recent months through Facebook, Twitter, Zoom and email whilst avidly following the coaching videos – created by four of our coaches and posted to our You Tube channel – each week.”

We all know how much cricketers like a good cake at tea time and, missing them so much, the juniors at Westquarter took matters into their own hands.

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They held a ‘Bake Off’ style event and the standard was very high, the winners being posted some Amazon vouchers and all involved keen to make it an annual occurrence.

The juniors, who returned to action at Bailliefields on the 16th July, have been full of ideas during ‘down time’ too, expressing an interest in more social events and family cricket days going forward while, as things have been easing, many of then and the seniors have completed the exercise circuit around the ground.

“We have also kept ourselves busy in the lead up to cricket returning by completed ground works which has included extending the car park, flattened unused land, extending the net run up and a ‘sponsor fence’,” Sutton explained.

“On that sponsor fence will be advertisements for local businesses and they will not have to pay anything for the rest of this year before entering into a two year agreement with the club for 2021 and 2022.”