Andover Cricket Club has launched a fundraising campaign to buy a new scoreboard in honour of its late president.

Lesley Morgan died on August 9 2019 at the age of 74. She was involved with the club for over 40 years, having spent “hundreds of thousands of hours scoring” for the first team, and subsequently became the club’s secretary and president, where she “touched the lives of many in the cricketing community.”

In her memory, the club are hoping to raise "several thousand pounds" towards the cost of an electronic scoring board to replace their old scorebox, which “is past the end of its useful life.” They hope that the new system will be a “reliable, secure and weather-proof” way to provide the scores.

Ali Hooper, the club’s Vice Chairman, said: “Since Lesley passed, we have been looking for a fitting way to remember her. She had a deep affiliation with the cricket club; scoring for over 40 years, and filling almost every position on the committee at one time or another, giving people in the local community the opportunity to play cricket, so we thought this would be a great way to commemorate her life and give the club a much-needed new scoreboard.

“Our previous scoreboard broke last winter when it blew over in the storms and we have not been able to afford a new one. We hope people who have played cricket thanks to Lesley over the past 45 years will find it in their hearts to donate any amount, big or small, to make this project come to fruition.”

The club is hoping to raise more than their target, however, with the excess funds to go towards further investment in the club’s facilities. This includes servicing of their ground equipment, and the “sprucing up” of their clubhouse, while they consider options for a proposed new pavilion.

If the campaign is successful, the scoreboard will be selected by the end of October, and installed in 2021. More information on the campaign can be found on the club’s fundraising page.