A CRICKET club more than 100 years old could be set to expand.

Plans have been lodged with Blackburn with Darwen Council proposing an extension at Edgworth Cricket Club, which was founded in 1902.

Edgworth Cricket and Recreation Club is a community led village not-for-profit sports and social club which promotes sport and recreation for all the village and visitors.

The field is also used by Turton High School and Edgworth Primary School for cricket games and other activities.

Now club bosses want to demolish the old changing rooms and build a two storey extension to the existing single storey building.

They say the proposed new facility is only slightly larger than the current footprint. It will provide new changing facilities on the first floor.

And on the extended ground floor there would be a new lounge area for players where teas, junior theory coaching and lessons can be held as well as committee meetings.

Outside of the cricket requirement, this room would also be available for social members when the main room is occupied.

A statement submitted as part of the application reads: “Currently, there is no changing accommodation for umpires who have to change in the basement of

the nearby Barlow building.

“The players’ changing accommodation is too cramped, has a failing roof,

inadequate toilet and shower facilities and no provision for mixed sex teams.

“Also when the cricket breaks for tea, there is a requirement to seat 26 people simultaneously.

“Due to the number of members frequenting the club there is usually not enough space available for the players and officials to enjoy the buffet.

“These plans allow a larger area that can be dedicated during the day for this purpose.

“The club occasionally hosts large events each year, such as the annual village family fun day, and other charity events on the cricket field.

“During these times, the toilet facilities within the clubhouse struggle to cope with the number of visitors.

“The additional male and female toilet facilities will assist on these occasions.”