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Clubs score grassroots grants
Manjimup Cricket Club’s Lachlan Cutts, Dane Raper and Brenton Murphy

Warren Blackwood Cricket Association clubs are among 300 grassroots cricket clubs across the nation to receive grants from the Commonwealth Bank.

The Manjimup and Pemberton Cricket Clubs will receive $1000 each, along with a shade tent and 40 hats at presentation ceremonies this week.

Manjimup’s presentation is tomorrow night at Collier Street Sports Complex at 6pm and Pemberton’s is next Thursday at the cricket club at 6pm.

Manjimup captain Dane Raper said it was great to be awarded the grant as it was only the second time he had applied.

“We are really trying to put an emphasis on the younger generations coming up through the ranks,” he said.

Raper said the club hoped to put the money towards buying a bowling machine, although that might require more investment from the club.

Association president Meryon Montgomery said it was great to see the two clubs using their initiative to apply for the grants — a significant amount of money for a small club.

“We’ve got clubs in the association being very proactive in seeking these grants and improving their facilities, which is great to see,” he said.

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