Town Malling Cricket Club's all-star celebration of new 100 year lease
Monday 5th September 2016
The Town Malling Cricket Club (TMCC) is set to be a century not out after signing a lease keep it at its West Malling ground for the next hundred years.
The club officially completed paperwork on August 28 on a day when organisers invited Lashings World XI to the Old County Ground for two matches.
Lashing played and beat the House of Commons and Lords team, which included Kent MPs Damian Collins and Rehman Chisti.
TMCC took on Lashings in the second match of the afternoon which the visitors – which included international cricket stars Chris Lewis, John Embury and Tino Best – won by five wickets.
The new lease represents hard work behind the scenes by some key club members of the club and the parish council, which secures cricket at the venue for another hundred years.
Trudy Dean, West Malling Parish Council Chairman said: "The parish council is keen to ensure cricket continues its 300 plus history on this site.
“We are delighted with the success of TMCC particularly with the juniors teams with signing of the new lease at the Lashings match especially appropriate. The new lease gives the cricket club a sound base for the future.
“It also enables the pavilion to be used as a local base for a wide range of day care activities for adults with Learning Disabilities to enjoy within our local community."
A Lashings spokesman said: “It was a smashing day, the weather was great and we got about a thousand spectators which was fantastic.”
The event raised £1,350 for Kent Air Ambulance.
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