LOCKDOWN has been a challenge for all clubs, but Shipton-under-Wychwood have been boosted by getting a new sponsor on board.

The Horseshoes Gastro Pub and Restaurant in Witney has signed a four-year agreement to sponsor the first and three other senior teams.

Russell Hayes, Shipton’s chairman, thanked co-owners Luke Champion and Alex Vaughan.

He said: “Even during these difficult times it’s possible to plan for the future.

“We are delighted that, when we eventually do start playing again, it will be in partnership with The Horseshoes Pub.

“We are extremely grateful to Luke, a long-time club member, and Alex for their generosity and support.

“We are looking forward to building a long term relationship with them as a part of the many celebrations that we are planning to mark a hundred years of cricket in the village.”

Champion, who rejoined four years ago after first playing as a teenager, added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the club in a different way, both on and off the field.”