There will be a host of activities at Carlisle Cricket Club in the coming weeks with the new season set to swing into life.

After the conclusion of indoor pre-season training, preparations for the summer season are in full swing with the first of a host of events taking place this weekend.

“We have lots to get involved with before the opening overs of the coming season and we need help to get Edenside ready for another massive summer of cricket,” said secretary Mark Davidson.

“Our Natwest Cricketforce weekend will be held this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday. We have plenty of jobs at the club that need to be completed in preparation for the new season.”

Those interested in helping out are encouraged to come along to Carlisle for 10am on both days, preferably armed with a paintbrush.

Davidson said: “Outdoor senior training then commences on Tuesday at 6pm and will continue on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings until the midweek leagues start in May. Nets will then move to a Wednesday evening.”

Davidson also confirmed two friendlies have been arranged for next weekend, with Carlisle travelling to Penrith on April 13 and then hosting Haltwhistle a day later. Both games start at 12pm.

Carlisle’s first-team will then start their Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division campaign, away to 2018 champions Cockermouth on April 20, before the Eden Valley League campaign gets under way the following weekend.

But, before then, the club will hold their junior registration evening on April 17 which will start at 6pm. Those who cannot attend should email James Bell on to get the necessary membership documents.

Carlisle will also be delivering an eight-week All Stars Cricket programme, commencing on May 11, aimed at children between five-eight years old.

Davidson added his thanks to first-team player Fraser Conn for his work during the junior indoor coaching sessions in recent weeks.