Sporty-Co, of Burton Lazars, Melton helps Mauritius play Test cricket
A sports equipment manufacturer is helping one of the smallest countries to develop an international cricket team.
Sporty-Co, of Burton Lazars, near Melton, has won an order to send two large plastic sight screens and a scorebox to Mauritius, 6,000 miles away.
They will be installed at the country's new national cricket ground which is being developed as part of a project to turn Mauritius into a Test cricketing nation.
Mauritius is the only Commonwealth country where the game of cricket has yet to be established.
Gill West, Sporty-Co's co-owner, which employs just a handful of staff, said it was the furthest the firm's products had travelled for many years.
"We have had orders for the Cayman Islands and Toronto in Canada, but they were some time ago," she said.
"It's a very nice order. We are pleased to be playing a role in their bid to become a Test cricketing nation."
The sight screens, made from specialist plastic, and the cedar wood scorebox were manufactured at the company's factory in Burton Lazars.
The products set sail for the Indian Ocean paradise island from Felixstowe yesterday.
Sporty-Co, which also makes football, rugby and tennis equipment, is a manufacturer and distributer of a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports equipment with customers all over the UK.
Among them are public schools, including Eton and Marlborough, universities, including many Cambridge and Oxford colleges, academy schools, clubs, local authorities, state schools and private users.
The company, run by Mrs West and her husband Keith, was founded 25 years ago.
Mr West said: "It's wonderful to play a part in the development of cricket worldwide and now a little part of Melton will take pride of place on a pitch 6,000 miles away.
"We wish the Mauritians every success in their venture and hope their players reach the top level."