Cricket club hit for six by axe vandals
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