Vandals try and interrupt play at Bourne’s Abbey Lawn

Lee Peacock in bowling action for Market Deeping against Bourne at The Abbey Lawn, Bourne, where two cricket covers (pictured blue) were attacked by vandals.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Lee Peacock in bowling action for Market Deeping against Bourne at The Abbey Lawn, Bourne, where two cricket covers (pictured blue) were attacked by vandals. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Bourne Cricket Club has been hit by vandals who bored holes in two cricket covers and threw takeaway food on the pitch.

One or more “mindless individuals” took a pole, normally used for the boundary ropes, and punched holes in two tarpaulin covers at the Abbey Lawn ground in Bourne overnight between Monday and Tuesday last week.

The damage was found by club chairman Hedley Stroud before workmen repaired the covers in time for an under-15 match between Bourne and Long Sutton last Thursday.

Mr Stroud said: “I came down on Tuesday morning and found that some mindless individuals had put spikes through our covers and debris from a Chinese takeaway ontp the pitch.

“They were just small holes in the tarpaulin covers and weve got some material from the suppliers to hopefully patch the covers up, rather than replace them. There was no damage to the pitch itself as the covers were there to protect it from getting wet and, fortunately, it didn’t rain on Monday night.

“But we’re very angry because it’s just pathetic and we’re wondering whether it was down to England’s poor football result on Monday night. Did somebody have too much to drink before deciding to pay us a visit and take out their frustration on our covers?”

One of boundary rope poles used to puncture holes in the wicket covers at Bourne Cricket Club.

One of boundary rope poles used to puncture holes in the wicket covers at Bourne Cricket Club.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We were notified at 9.30am on Tuesday and an officer visited the cricket club at 6.30pm that day. There was criminal damage to the ground cover which had been spiked across the length of it.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 109 of June 28.

We’re very angry because it’s just pathetic and we’re wondering whether it was down to England’s poor football result on Monday night?

Hedley Stroud, chairman of Bourne Cricket Club