Fundraiser launched after vandalism to Calderdale cricket pitch leaves club with nowhere to play

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Southowram Cricket Club and Beacon Rangers Juniors FC have launched a fundraiser to help cover the cost of repairing the damage caused by vandals.

A 4x4 smashed through a fence and was driven across the outfield at Southowram Cricket Club on Thursday night, leaving deep tyre tracks across the grass.

The club says its cameras captured the outline of the car at 8.24pm but no other distinctive details.

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The cricket club have two senior sides who use the ground weekly during spring and summer, while Beacon Rangers have over 100 childen playing every weekend during the football season.

Photo: Southowram Cricket ClubPhoto: Southowram Cricket Club
Photo: Southowram Cricket Club

However, both have now been left with an unusable ground until extensive repairs can be done.

“This wouldn’t normally be such an issue for both clubs,” said Southowram CC, “but after a recent break in and the costs to repair the damage from that, we are looking to the local community for help.

"If you can help in anyway shape or form please contact us. Any donations towards materials to repair and restore our beautiful ground will be appreciated.”

To donate, click here.

Anyone who can help the investigation into the vandalism at the ground should call West Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact officers by using the live chat on West Yorkshire Police’s website.