DESPITE the Covid-19 crisis putting countless projects on hold throughout the country it can’t stop Llechryd Cricket Club from ambitious developments.

Formed in 1978, the village club has made giant strides over the years, and today boasts a picturesque ground near Castle Malgwyn where there is also a tennis club.

Having gained promotion to the Pembroke County Cricket Club Division One at the end of season 2019, skipper John Curran and team-mates like all other cricketers up and down the country have been sidelined due to coronavirus.

Now the go-ahead has been given for the return of recreational cricket and Llechryd are looking forward to hosting Neyland in round one of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Saturday, July 25.

The seconds and youth are also involved in cup encounters and a number of friendlies have been arranged.

Developments at the RDM Oval ground are in progress with club members and volunteers having cleared a large section of woodland behind the clubhouse and scoreboard, which has more than doubled the size of the car park.

It is proposed to erect new changing rooms on the site and completely refurbish current changing rooms, kitchen and bar, transforming the complex into a first-rate facility.

A large banking has been erected at one end of the ground where new sightscreens are to be erected.

Llechryd will shortly be the envy of other clubs in the Pembrokeshire League through the installation of superb £30,000 enclosed nets, the surface of which is identical to that at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

With a number of other plans in the pipeline, sponsor and former chairman Laurence Harris said: “It has been an immense community effort to get us this far and it is safe to say that these are exciting times at Llechryd Cricket Club.”