A cricket club in Ingleby Barwick has received a helping hand from the housebuilder which has a new development just down the road.

Bellway – which is building new homes at Ingleby Manor off Welwyn Road – has provided Maltby Cricket Club with a £250 donation towards its fundraising campaign.

As part of a long-term future project, the club has been seeking funding towards an umpire’s changing room and score hut to upgrade its current facilities at Francis Park, off Low Lane.

Chairman of Maltby Cricket Club, Chris Francis, said: “As a club, Maltby are always looking to develop our facilities and we are delighted that Bellway have been able to support our plans to improve our facilities for umpires.”

Maltby Cricket Club is a family-friendly community club that is open to all players regardless of age or ability and was founded in 1946.

Bellway Durham Sales Manager, Oliver Wray, said: “Maltby Cricket Club is an excellent example of how sport can bring the community together and we are very pleased to be able to support the group.

“As a housebuilder, it is very important for us to give back to the communities in which we build our new homes, so when we found out the club was fundraising to improve its facilities, we were more than happy to help.”

Bellway is building a range of three and four-bedroom homes at Ingleby Manor in Ingleby Barwick, and a selection of three, four and five-bedroom homes at Conyers Green in Yarm.