Our series of features on local sports clubs continues, as we take an in-depth look at another of the three cricket clubs that play at either Marshalls or Roses Sports Ground.
Dave Carter, sports development officer for Gainsborough Town Council writes...
Lea Park Cricket Club first team plays at Marshalls Ground and their second team plays at Roses, both on a Saturday.
In addition they play in the Wednesday Evening League which utilises Roses ground as their base.
Formed prior to the First World War they were a true village team supported by the Anderson Family of Lea and many notable matches were played against Gate Burton and the Hutton’s.
The team lapsed and was restarted in 1946 at Lea Marshes, and it was not unusual for the pavilion to be found 400 yards across the wicket, carried away by the rising Trent waters.
They became similar to their pavilion and floated around the area when the ground was removed from the use in 1966, and even though they had to play on different grounds the club still managed to develop sides and win leagues.
They moved to the current home at Lea Park in 1985 but due to flooding, the pitch became unplayable in 2012 which saw the teams having to relocate to Roses and Marshalls ground.
However the club hopes to be back on their own pitch in the near future.
Moving pitches yet again did not stop the progress of the club and under the captaincy of Andy Dewick the first team achieved promotion to Bassetlaw Division Two, finishing runners up to another local team, Roses.
This season Lea Park will see a development squad being formed under the captaincy of Michael Overtone.
The squad has six juniors playing, while Dominic Balderson plays for the county Under 15 squad, and three of the other juniors had trials with the county, so the future is looking promising for the development of cricket at Lea Park.
Training sessions take place at Gainsborough Academy Sports Hall between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday evenings.
If you would like to play cricket or volunteer to help at the club contact Andy Lobley on 01427 612885.
More details can be found on the club’s web site at http://www.leaparkcc.co.uk/