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Players and members of Blackwood Town Cricket Club have been left bowled over after a donation has swung its way and now hope to hit it out of the park this season.

After missing last season due to Covid restrictions, members of the team have started the season in style, with brand new kit, after a £300 donation has made its way from gas emergency and pipeline service, Wales & West Utilities.

The club received the donation after Wales & West Utilities colleague, Dai Rees - an Area Operations Manager, put in a request for support. The gas emergency and pipeline service for Wales and the south west of England provided the funding as part of its commitment to support the communities it serves.

Living so close to the field I have become involved in the Club, helping with general maintenance and upkeep. This past year has been tough on many people and the game brings a lot to everyone’s lives – both physically and mentally.

When I learnt that the Club was seeking sponsorship, I approached my employer, Wales & West Utilities, and we were all delighted when they stepped in to help out.

Dai Rees, Wales & West Utilities Area Operations Manager

The donation has gone directly to the senior team to purchase kit and all teams at Blackwood Town Cricket Club are now proud to wear Wales & West Utilities logo on their shirts.

We are really grateful to people like Dai, who make it possible for all our sides to play cricket each week. The upkeep of the grounds and the clubhouse is no small task, and we are reliant on our volunteers to help out regularly.

“It’s amazing that Dai’s employer has supported his efforts. On behalf of our club players and members I’d like to say thanks to Wales & West Utilities - we are all proud to wear their logo.

Gareth Berry, Fundraising Coordinator at Blackwood Town Cricket Club

It is clear that Dai and the rest of the volunteers at the Club are going the extra mile to make sure the season runs smoothly.

“We are committed to supporting the volunteering efforts of our colleagues and are only too pleased to help Dai and all those involved in Blackwood Town Cricket Club – we wish them all the best for the season.

Sarah Hopkins, Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director

Wales & West Utilities look after the pipes that keep the gas flowing to heat the homes and power businesses of 7.5m people across Wales and south west England. They operate the gas emergency service, connect new homes and businesses, and upgrade the gas network so it’s safe today and fit for a green future.

Blackwood Town Cricket Club run three teams on a Saturday - Blackwood 1st and 2nd XIs, which both play at the Highfields ground at the top of Gordon Road, and the 3rd XI which play at Islwyn Park and are known as Pontllanfraith (BTCC 3rd XI). All three teams play in the South East Wales Cricket League.

The Club also a vibrant ladies section and youth teams at Under 9, Under 11, under 13, Under 15 and Under 19.