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Olympic cash boost for Gravesend Cricket Club

By Bob Bounds
London 2012 Olympic Games torch
London 2012 Olympic Games torch

It's not even an Olympic sport but cricketers in Gravesend will be benefiting from a cash windfall from the Games.

The Gravesend club has been given £43,214 from Sport England's Olympic legacy fund to improve facilities at the Bat and Ball Ground in Wrotham Road.

The money will be spent on outdoor cricket nets, covers and a bowling machine.

The club applied for the funds as part of the Places People Play legacy fund which aims to link the Olympics to communities across the country.

Pat Harlow, chairman at the club said: "This funding will ensure first class facilities for Gravesend Cricket Club and its ground, The Bat & Ball.

"It will encourage a greater standard of cricket to be played at The Bat, though it will be a hard act to follow with international touring sides from The West Indies, India and Australia all having played on it."

Richard Lewis, chairman of Sport England, added: "This investment will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Gravesend."

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