Thursday 20th April 2017, 9:45am

Berkshire Cricket has secured a lucrative sponsorship deal with Maidenhead company Summerleaze Ltd., local landowners and sand and gravel suppliers in the Thames Valley.

Club chairman Neil Doody said:

‘The sponsorship deal with Summerleaze will give a major boost to cricket in Berkshire.’

Berkshire Cricket will receive a significant sum, spread over a five year period – by far the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history.

The first cheque was presented by Summerleaze Chairman Peter Prior before the Marlborough Cup tie with Wiltshire at North Maidenhead CC, where he is also chairman. North Maidenhead will also host Berkshire matches at all levels, including the Women’s 1st XI.

Neil continued, ‘We are extremely grateful to Summerleaze for this generous donation which will enable us to continue our progress on every front throughout the county.’

‘It takes a lot of effort to organise sport and requires good organisation to get players achieving their best, so I would like to recognise people who actually manage and coach sport. It is a big job and they should be given a big thank you for it.

‘I wish Berkshire another successful season and hope that the club can finish up again as champions.’

Peter Prior commented:

‘Summerleaze has always been an active part of the local community as we have a real commitment to the people and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support the club and we hope it will enable more young people to get involved in sports. We will follow the progress of the club with great interest.’