Test match Pakistani cricketer bowled over by refurbishments

Pakistani test match player Yasir Ali was bowled over by South Cheshire College students’ refurbishments at his cricket club.

College staff approached Elworth Cricket Club, in Cheshire, to see if its students could help with any work that needed doing.

They were told the dining area in the clubhouse needed revamping, so level three bench joinery learners produced new wood panelling in the college workshop that matched existing woodwork around the bar.

They then spent a day fitting the panels below the serving hatch by the kitchen, which impressed Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Ali, who is overseas professional for the club.

He said: “The students have done a great job and we are pleased with the work.”

The students were supervised throughout by joinery lecturers Craig Harrop and Martin Smith.

Mr Harrop said: “The students applied themselves very well throughout the project and hopefully, it will lead to other community work for them.”

Pic from left: Bench joinery students Ryan Dennehy and Sean Ralphs, both aged 19, and Bradley Podmore, 18, Elworth Cricket Club professional and Pakistani cricketer Yasir Ali and club chairman David Buckley stand by the new-look kitchen serving area