THERE was no danger of rain bringing an early end to proceedings on Saturday as Newport Fugitives got their ground shipshape for the coming season.

Glamorgan bowlers Andrew Salter and John Glover were among the willing volunteers that headed to High Cross Road as part of the NatWest CricketForce.

The project helps clubs throughout the country engage with the community through renovation project and the Fugies had a busy day of graft.

A patio area with seating for families was created at the top end of the ground, sight screens were put up, a host of paintwork was done, the shower facilities were renovated and a brand new net cage was set up.

Not only that but the square was prepared and preparation work was done ahead of May’s installation of a new artificial wicket for junior cricket.

Club chairman Oliver Mason said: "The response was fantastic, the local community have been very supportive in helping us to provide quality cricket facilities for our senior teams but most importantly allowing our youth players to enjoy cricket in a safe environment."

The Fugies’ junior cricket training starts next Monday from 6pm until 7pm. Go to for more information.

- The club would like to thank Marshalls for the patio slabs, Jewson for sand and cement, Wickes, Wilkinson’s, Colourcentre and New Clad for the paint and accessories, councillors Tom Bond and Chris Evans, Shepherds Grave Tending Services for supplying a digger, West Country Steel Buildings, Speedy Hire, A-Plant Tool Hire and Sue and Paul Conlon for providing food and coffee.