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Baxenden net profits

BAXENDEN Cricket Club recorded a record turnover and profit last year.

BAXENDEN Cricket Club recorded a record turnover and profit last year.

The Ribblesdale League side made a profit of £4,152 in 2003 compared to £1,071 in 2002 and this was mainly due to an increase in income - thanks to bar profits, subs and sponsorship.

The overall income was £22,474 this year compared to £17, 265 last year and this was despite an increase in playing expenses because of the laying of a new wicket and extra drainage.

While things were good off the field, secretary David Clegg admitted it didn't quite go to plan on the pitch.

"The cricket was typically Baxenden-ish - a mixture of disappointing defeats and inspirational victories," he said.

"Our league position, of just below half way, was disappointing but probably justified on how the team performed. The team got off to a number of good starts but our batting never really lived up to expectation."

Professional Jon Harvey also acted as captain last season but they are expected to have a new skipper for the summer.

The second XI finished in mid-table - as a number of younger players came through to make their first team bows.

The junior section expanded with two Under 13 teams and Baxenden have appointed a Child Protection Officer, Paul Kirkman.

The club is now pushing forward with plans to extensively relay the lower part of the outfield and they are hoping to obtain lottery funding for this.


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