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Michael Vaughan and Mike Gatting help in cricket ground makeover

Michael Vaughan
Image caption Michael Vaughan will help complete the refurbishment

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Mike Gatting are to lead an army of volunteers in giving a Derbyshire cricket ground a makeover.

Sawley and Long Eaton Park Cricket Club's West Park home is being refurbished with help from more than 20 local groups and businesses.

About 200 volunteers will complete the work on Sunday.

Improvements include a new patio, access ramps, a veranda wall and a fresh paint job for both pavilions.

'Humbling experience'

Other special guests at the Sunday event include current England bowler Ajmal Shahzad and England women's vice-captain Jenny Gunn.

Long Eaton and Sawley businesses have donated materials and expertise to bring the ground up to scratch in time for the new cricket season.

Groups, including local Scouts and Brownies, and the Rotary Club of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers charity, will be helping out at the Sunday event.

David Dooley, volunteer development officer at the club, said: "It has basically been a massive self-help activity in which we've asked local companies and organisations for their support.

"The makeover is a genuine community thing and quite a humbling experience for many of us who have been involved in the day on behalf of the club."

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