A generous housebuilder donation has set the season off to a flying start for a cricket club.

The £2000 injection by Persimmon Homes Suffolk will go towards repairing nets and screens, improving the experience for players and spectators at Lakenheath Cricket Club.

The funds were part of the housebuilder's Community Champions initiative, a programme keen on supporting lifeblood institutions like schools, charities and sports groups.

Rory Palmer, of the cricket club, said: “We would like to thank Persimmon for this donation, that will help us ensure our nets are in good condition for those practicing throughout the season, and repair our screens to give players and visitors a better experience.

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“The club brings people together from the village and we are looking forward to welcoming potential new members from Liberty Gate in coming years.”

Ian Hamilton, managing director of Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said: “At Persimmon we pride ourselves on building communities and ensuring there are open spaces, play area and first-class sports facilities that are appealing to both new and existing residents.

“This grant will enable the club to improve their facilities and attract more players in coming months and years.”