Horspath have started work on a second pitch which they hope will be ready for the 2010 season.

The new facility is taking shape on land owned by Horspath Parish Council to the west of the club’s existing pitch.

And last week Oxford University Parks groundman Dick Sula visited the site to pass on some tips.

Horspath CC chairman Ed Murray said: “We are a growing club and currently rent pitches on a Saturday for our third team home matches.

“Next year we hope to put out a fourth Saturday side and the problem will become more acute, especially as we have a large and growing youth section.

“Our existing pitch is already over used and the new facility will spread the load and allow two teams to play at home on a Saturday.

“We are very excited about it as it is a milestone in the development of the club.

The club have worked closely with Horspath Parish Council and the Village Sports Association on the project.

Martin Harris, a spokesman for Horspath Village Sports Association, said: “The new cricket pitch is the first phase of a major community project that we hope will eventually include at least two football pitches, an all-weather sports area, two tennis courts and a brand new sports pavilion, as well as a recreational and fitness walking circuit.”

Horspath CC secretary Max Eason said “We have been raising funds for the new pitch for nearly a year and are especially grateful to The Oxfordshire Community Foundation who have provided financial support for the project through their Grassroots Grant Programme.”