A CRICKET club has got a new electronic scoreboard after receiving a council grant.

Stonesfield Cricket Club received the grant worth more than £1,500 from West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC).

The scoreboard cost more than £6,000, with fundraising taking around two years to reach its target.

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Club chairman George Redknapp said: “The scoreboard looks great. The idea of an electronic one has been there for a couple of years now, and it’s taken lot of hard work to secure funding so a big thank you to the council and everyone involved.

“We’re hoping the new scoreboard adds extra interest to the games.

“Just having it has put a buzz around the club and we have received some very positive comments already.

“It’s also been a big hit with the players with no shortage of volunteers to do the scoring so far this season.

“We are incredibly lucky to have our facilities at Stonesfield and cricket plays a huge part in attracting visitors and spectators to the ground throughout the summer months.”

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Great Rollright Parish Council also netted a £10,000 community facilities grant, which will go towards new playground equipment.

Jane Doughty, WODC cabinet member for customer delivery, said: “We know these grants mean so much to those who receive them as they make a real difference to their communities.

“I am delighted the money is being put to such good use and I would encourage similar organisations to check the criteria and see if they are eligible.”

The community facilities grants of up to £50,000 are available twice a year.

The next closing date for applications is August 31.