Kirkby cricket club hit for six by thieves

NMAC11-2448-1''Bob Barker pictured with the remains of the covers at Kirkby Portland Cricket Club.
NMAC11-2448-1''Bob Barker pictured with the remains of the covers at Kirkby Portland Cricket Club.

KIRKBY’S Portland Cricket Club secretary Bob Barker is asking members of the public to keep their eyes peeled after its premises were targeted by thieves.

In two separate incidents the club has had two tarpaulins and the metal frame of a cricket cover stolen.

Thieves first struck at the Nuncargate Road premises six weeks ago, making off with a tarpaulin, then descended on the club again on Friday.

Bob said it was possible someone might spot the tarpaulins because they are marked with the club’s initials, KPCC, in big letters.

“The members are upset because it is something we have wanted for a numbers of years and they were paid for with a grant from the Coal Regeneration Board,” he said.

“The covers protect the wickets and make games possible when it has rained.”

Bob estimated the tarpaulins to be worth £200 each and the metal framework at around £100.

The club is now in the process of making an insurance claim for the stolen equipment.

Bob added: “We are finished for the season now and hopefully we will be up and running again by next April.

“We do not think this was young children because they obviously came with spanners and unbolted the frame.

“Unfortunately our ground is not 100 per cent secure because it is surrounded by fields and hedges on two or three sides.”

Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99.