A Doncaster cricket club has emphasised the importance of fundraising events for grassroots sports clubs after its annual Christmas market took place last weekend.

The market, hosted by Sprotbrough Cricket Club, took place on Sunday 26 November.

It capped off a weekend of festivities in Sprotbrough after the village’s Christmas lights were switched on for the festive season the night before.

The market featured stalls from local businesses and hobbyists, selling products including handmade decorations, wreaths and club merchandise.

It also sold hot food and gave children a chance to see Father Christmas in its Santa’s Grotto.

Club Treasurer, Lindsay Graves, said the event “raises a lot of funds for the club, but also, it’s a lovely focus for the village.”

The Christmas market was held on the outfield of the club’s cricket pitch, located close to Sprotbrough’s village square.

It was the club’s final annual event of the year and was coordinated by the club’s players, committee members and supporters.

Highlights of their fundraising efforts include the Big Bash summer party, which happened on 8 July, and their Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza last month.

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About £2,800 is thought to have been raised from the day. Mr Graves, 60, talked about how vital these events are to help keep the club going.

He said: “We could not survive without [these events]. Without this, it would cost too much to play and the place would become dilapidated.”

The funds raised from Sprotbrough CC’s events go towards services like a groundskeeper and an overseas player, among other important aspects.

According to Sport England, the number of people playing cricket in the country had increased by 124,000 in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Sprotbrough CC have had an exciting recruitment over winter so far and are looking forward to getting back on the pitch next spring.

Mr Graves said the club’s facilities, which funds raised from events like these help upkeep, and ethos have attracted new players to the club.