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WATCH: Threlkeld Cricket Club agrees financial settlement

A cricket club left homeless for three years after flooding wrecked their ground have settled their legal dispute over the damage with Cumbria County Council.

Threlkeld Cricket Club accepted an undisclosed sum from the council, which they are using to repay the England and Wales Cricket Board for the support they were given.

Ryan Dollard reports:

Threlkeld Cricket Club happy money will help others

A cricket club left homeless for three years after flooding wrecked their ground have settled their legal dispute over the damage with Cumbria County Council.

Threlkeld Cricket Club accepted an undisclosed sum from the council, which they will use to repay the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The club's treasurer says they are happy the money will help other clubs in crisis.

Cricket Club agrees financial settlement with County Council

Junior club members spell out a message of thanks. Credit: Threlkeld Cricket Club.

Threlkeld Cricket Club has agreed an undisclosed out of court financial settlement with Cumbria County Council, three years after its ground was badly damaged by flooding.

The flood was caused by a blocked culvert owned by the County Council.

The settlement was agreed out of court, and the Club says it'll be used to help repay the England and Wales Cricket Board Charitable Trust some of the money it's owed for fixing the pitch.

A 'thank you' message has been revealed at the ground, from the club to everyone who has helped with the repairs, and also to the firm of solicitors, Baines Wilson, who represented them in their action against the County Council.

I am just glad the whole thing is over and we are back playing cricket on our home ground.

We’ve been able to take on a junior coach, Ben Jefferson, and our new team of boys and girls are already competing in the Eden Valley Cricket League.

I can’t tell you how proud I am that we have gone from staring at a pile of rubble and a feeling of utter distress to picking ourselves up, battling on and re-instating our stunning ground back to the way it should be.”

– Michael Webster, Treasurer of Threlkeld Cricket Club

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Carlisle Utd's Brad Potts signs for Blackpool

Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts has joined Blackpool Credit: PA

Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts is swapping Brunton Park for Bloomfield Road after agreeing a two-year deal with Blackpool.

The 20-year-old, who came up through Carlisle's youth ranks, scored 10 goals in 118 appearances for the Blues.

He was offered a new contract with United at the end of last season but opted to join the Tangerines following talks with his new club this week.

"Brad is a good, young player who now moves on to a new challenge.

"He knows League One football and he's going to a club where he will need to establish himself and push on.

"He's been an excellent player for this club for a number of years and we all wish him the very best as he now goes to join Blackpool."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Carlisle United announce pre-season fixtures

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Carlisle United have announced their pre-season fixtures which include local opposition in the form of Workington and Penrith ahead of a home clash with Championship newcomers Preston North End.

The Blues are playing six matches in the summer as they build up for the 2015/16 League Two campaign.

  • Blyth Spartans, Away, Tuesday 7 July. Kick-off 7:30pm
  • Workington, Away, Thursday 9 July. Kick-off 7:45pm
  • Penrith, Away, Saturday 11 July, Kick-off 3pm
  • Bradford City, Away, Saturday 25 July, Kick-off 3pm
  • Preston North End, Home, Tuesday 28 July, Kick-off 7:15pm
  • Oldham Athletic, Home, Saturday 1 August, Kick-off 3pm.

"Pre-season has been structured in such a way as to make sure the players are ready to go for the first game of the season.

"The early pre-season fixtures are an opportunity for everyone to get pitch time and develop match fitness, and we then go up against teams which have had success in the cup competitions and with promotion campaigns to round things off.

"Playing against teams from higher divisions will give us an opportunity to test ourselves and fine tune the work we need to do before our first game.

"The Capital One Cup draw and the fixture list are both released in the middle of next week, and things are starting to focus in as we build up to what we think will be an enjoyable campaign."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager
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