Club says ‘howzat?’ to vandals

Byfield Cricket Ground'Pictured are Mick Lamb ( Chairman ), PCSO Carl Barton, Rob Lowe '( Treasurer ), Geoff Broad ( Groundsman ) & crouching down Ian Reekie '( Groundsman )
Byfield Cricket Ground'Pictured are Mick Lamb ( Chairman ), PCSO Carl Barton, Rob Lowe '( Treasurer ), Geoff Broad ( Groundsman ) & crouching down Ian Reekie '( Groundsman )

VOLUNTEERS pulled together to repair a trail of damage left by vandals at their village cricket pitch.

On Friday night Byfield Cricket Club’s pitch was dug up leaving the outfield and wickets pockmarked with large holes. The pavilion was also damaged.

Groundsman Geoff Broad said: “We arrived on Saturday morning to inspect the pitch ahead of a match that afternoon and discovered someone had dug huge holes all over the outfield and square as well.

“Then we noticed graffiti on the pavilion, and when we got closer we found out that the pavilion’s locks had been glued as well. We’ve got no idea who would have done it.

“Because our pitch is fairly central in the village we do get people walking across it, and occassionally someone a bit merry might kick a sidescreen or do some minor damage.

“But this would have required someone coming prepared with the tools – it doesn’t look like random vandalism. We think they even used a special trench digging spade.”

Despite the damage a team of volunteers pulled together to repair it all within just a couple of hours.

Mr Broad said: “We pride ourselves in not letting vandals win.

“We had about 10 to 12 people there on Saturday morning helping repair the pitch and paint over the graffiti. “Thankfully the outfield was so wet the holes were easily filled.

“Even one woman walking her dog on the field was so angered by the damage she helped us put the turf back.

“And we went on to win the match in the afternoon too!”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101.