Econ Engineering on Thirsk Cricket Club’s batting order

Pictured are Thirsk Cricket Club’s 1st X1 team with Econ’s Geoff Nash, Beverly Shepherd and Jonathan Lupton

A North Yorkshire gritter manufacturer has added its name to Thirsk Cricket Club’s 2022 season’s sponsor list.

Econ Engineering, which has recently completed the construction on a £7m engineering facility in Sowerby, is now backing the cricket club whose home is behind the town’s famous racecourse.

Econ, which is best known for its gritters and has an 85 per cent share of the UK winter roads maintenance vehicle market, moved into its latest North Yorkshire facility as this year’s cricket season was getting underway.

The company is now looking to forge closer links with the local community and chose the cricket club as a new batting partner – in support of both its boys’ and girls’ teams.

Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to associate our name with Thirsk Cricket Club, and see this as the start of a long and fruitful partnership.

“Sowerby is now home to our 1,000-strong gritter hire fleet, which is also where they will be serviced ahead of going back out to councils, civil engineering companies and highways contractors across the UK.

“Our rental fleet had previously been based at our Ripon headquarters; however, it has now grown to such a size we needed a new base, therefore extending our operation into Sowerby.

“We are looking to increase our workforce by 50, and we hope we can attract a good number of these from the local community, hence us starting to forge a close relationship with the local community.”

David Richardson, Thirsk Cricket Club Secretary, said: “We would like to thank Econ Engineering for becoming our latest sponsor. The backing will enable us to continue our coaching for those looking to develop their skills within this sport.”

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