Scholes Cricket Club is about to unveil its revamped pavilion ahead of the new season.

The club has completed a £70,000 refurbishment which includes new male and female changing rooms.

The original 30-year-old building has been stripped out and totally transformed. New plumbing and electrics have been installed throughout. There’s also glass sliding doors to a balcony; new wi-fi signal and surround sound systems; and a new energy-efficient scoreboard too.

The club is having an open day on Friday April 7 and club secretary John Andrews said: “We are a progressive club and we want to attract as many fans to watch our games as possible.

“We also want to attract the best players both male and female and we feel that our top notch facilities will now do that.

“Instead of a player walking into a changing area which is still in the 1980s, they will now walk into something from 2023. We are really proud of what has been created.”

Scholes Cricket Club Chairman Lee Elvidge

Mr Andrews added: “We have lots of people to thank – supporters, sponsors, individuals who have donated money, companies which have worked for just the materials and not charged extra. We’ve had materials sponsored by businesses.

“It’s been fantastic to see how the community has really come together. We must also thank the players who have helped fund and build the project in various ways and so a big thanks to them too.”

The new facilities will be on show at the open day and the bar will be open.

The 2023 season starts on Saturday April 15 and Mr Andrews is confident the club can have a successful campaign ahead.

“The club is in a good place and the team are excited to get the season going,” he said. “We finished third last year and are hoping to do better this time around and challenge for the title.

“We got to the semi-final of the Heavy Woollen Cup and so would like to go one better this year in that and make the final. We also want to do better in the Sykes Cup after going out in the first round last season.

“Our first game is away at Skelmanthorpe and so we know from last season how hard that fixture will be. Hopefully we get off to a good start.”