A village cricket club marking its 150th anniversary has received support from a neighbouring housebuilder.

Jones Homes has helped Golcar Cricket Club by purchasing advertising space on the perimeter of the club’s field ahead of the landmark season. The housebuilder has just completed a development of 19 new homes on land off Swallow Lane, opposite the cricket club.

Jones Homes named the development Century View, after the cricketing term used to describe the achievement of a batsman scoring a hundred runs in a single innings. Now, the developer hopes its support will help the club to celebrate its very own special milestone in style.

Founded in 1871, Golcar Cricket Club has three senior teams and five junior sides featuring around 100 children who play in competitive matches across the county.

David Ruscoe, Chairman of Golcar Cricket Club, said: “As for most outdoor sports clubs, it’s been a particularly difficult year for us, and we have relied even more heavily on the support of the community and local businesses.

“We are currently fundraising to enable us to refurbish our clubhouse, extend our CCTV coverage and provide additional outdoor seating, and the money that Jones Homes has provided will go some way in helping us reach our fundraising goal.”

Jayne Swift, Sales and Marketing Director for Jones Homes Yorkshire, said: “It was obvious from the feedback we received from our purchasers and visitors at Century View that the cricket club is a vital part of the village, and we are pleased to be helping celebrate its 150th anniversary this year.

“We realise that the past 12 months have been extremely tough for grassroots sports clubs which play such an important role within their local communities. We hope our support will enable the club to enjoy a successful milestone year and to continue providing opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the sport for many years to come.”

All the homes at Century View have now been sold, but Jones Homes is currently building a selection of five-bedroom homes at Heather View in Hade Edge. For more information, visit jones-homes.co.uk.

For more information about Golcar Cricket Club, visit golcarcricketclub.co.uk.