Cricket club hit for six by axe vandals

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Paul Brit­ton

YOBS smashed a pick­axe into two pitches at a cricket club just three weeks into the new sea­son.

Shock­ing im­ages show that dozens of div­ots were taken out of the sur­faces.

Club of­fi­cials at Ash­ton Lady­smith Cricket Club in Ash­ton said they were baf­fled over the mo­tive for the at­tack.

The small club in Rose Hill Road, which fields two teams in the Greater Manch­ester Cricket League, sur­vives be­cause of com­mu­nity spirit and its mem­bers, who are all vol­un­teers. Grounds­man John Hill­son gave up hours of his free time to get the ground ready for the new sea­son.

But mem­bers ar­rived at the ground on Mon­day to dis­cover the dam­age to the part of the wick­ets where bowlers pitch their de­liv­er­ies.

John said: “We think it is a pick­axe and it has been done with some force. Some­one has gone to the trou­ble of climb­ing over the gate tak­ing a heavy im­ple­ment with them.

“If it is some­one we have up­set, then we want to put it right. Peo­ple put hours into this cricket club in terms of vol­un­teer­ing and it’s a ter­ri­ble thing to do.

“We think it may have hap­pened on the Sun­day evening be­fore it went dark.

“The team met for a game on the Sun­day and there was noth­ing un­to­ward then.

“There are 10 wick­ets al­to­gether and they have tar­geted the two that we have been us­ing.

“If any­one has heard any­thing they should let us know. We don’t want it hap­pen­ing again.”

The div­ots have now been put back, and the wick­ets wa­tered and rolled rolled. John said he be­lieves the dam­age is not se­ri­ous, although other wick­ets and are now be­ing used.

“The in­ci­dent hasn’t been re­ported to po­lice. l●

The dam­age at Ash­ton Lady­smith

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