by Chris Tobin
The Pleasant Point Cricket Club has started its season on a bright note.
It has just opened a new $38,000 pavilion alongside the club’s main wicket at the Pleasant Point domain.
“It’s an asset for our growing club,” club captain Cameron Lundie said.
“We do a pea-straw fundraiser every year which raises $10,000 to $15,000 and do it jointly with the rugby club.
“Also, the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury gave us $26,000 which certainly helped.
The new pavilion would be used mainly for storage which had become an issue in recent years.
“A lot of players’ wives will be happy to see the shed built,” club treasurer and groundsman Chris Murphy said.
“They’ve been storing stuff at homes over the last few years.”
The rugby club helped out also but now the storage issue had been resolved.
Lundie said the club was in good heart.
“We’ve got three afternoon teams, one senior and two second-grade and six junior mixed teams aged from 5 up to 13.
“Compared to other clubs we’re very strong.”
Good support from the local community helped and most of the players came from Pleasant Point, while local schools acted as a source for junior players.
Last year, Pleasant Point made two finals in interclub competitions, losing both to Celtic.
“Competition is strong for places in the senior team,” Murphy said.
The Pleasant Point senior XI opened its season last Saturday in a 50-over match against Star of Timaru.