A rescue plan" for Westleigh Cricket Club has received a £5,000 boost. Going through hard times, the club launched its plan last summer, under a new committee, to address issues including the need for ground enhancements, new equipment, development of a

A "rescue plan" for Westleigh Cricket Club has received a £5,000 boost.Going through hard times, the club launched its plan last summer, under a new committee, to address issues including the need for ground enhancements, new equipment, development of a youth programme, liaison with the local community and ongoing financial security.Approaches to sports bodies and local authorities has brought support from county councillor Rodney Cann, with a successful bid for £5,000 from money for local projects made available following the sale of Exeter Airport.Westleigh club chairman John Purkiss told the Gazette that the club was also liaising with near neighbours North Devon Cricket Club, whereby North Devon's third team and youngsters would use the Westleigh ground in return for help with ground maintenance. The North Devon club would also be helping with their youth development, he said.This was "the start of the future," said Mr Purkiss. In a three-year programme, Westleigh would operate one team this year, looking at increasing to two teams next year and developing a youth team. "I would like to add my thanks and appreciation to Cllr Cann on behalf of the club for all his support," he said. Mr Cann said: "This is a rescue plan to get this historic club back on firm ground. I am delighted to have been able to give them this boost.