A legacy in memory of a leading Rotarian has helped Boyne Hill Cricket Club buy a new electronic scoreboard and also provided a boost for young players.
Former Maidenhead Rotary Club president Ramesh Kapur, who died in 2017, left Rotary a legacy of £5,000 to be used in support of the cricket club, of which he had been a board member.
Together with the club’s own fundraising, the legacy helped secure further funding from Sport England which has paid for a new electronic scoreboard at the Bath Road ground. Ramesh’s legacy has also funded an honours board for the club’s Colt of the Year, together with a shield to be awarded to the winner with a £100 grant to provide additional training at Lords.
On Saturday members of Ramesh’s family and Rotary past-president Mary Spinks were shown by cricket club chairman Stephen Spencer-Jones and treasurer Michael Powell how the money had been spent.
The club, which is going from strength to strength, is able to field five men’s teams and has a burgeoning colts membership. It also has a growing female team which saw 27 players at its last training session.
Stephen said: “We are very grateful to the Kapur family and Rotary for their support which has enabled us to improve the club. It has made a tremendous difference. We are a community club and this help from our wider community is really appreciated.”
Ramesh’s son Sundeep, who attended with his mother Anita, wife Shivani and young son Kian, said: “We are very proud the club is doing so well and the contribution from my father has made such a difference.
“He loved coming here and it meant a lot to him to be part of the club community. I played for the colts here for several years so it’s lovely for our family to see his legacy continue to benefit the club and especially it’s younger cricketers.”
Mary added: “It’s a great honour to commemorate the memory of our Rotarian friend Ramesh in this way as he was such a strong supporter of Boyne Hill Cricket Club. We are looking forward to presenting the new colt of the year with their award and grant for additional training at the end of the season.”