Vandals have wrecked vital equipment at a York cricket club for the third time this year.
Members and officials at Ovington Cricket Club have expressed their anger and upset after finding the sightscreens vandalised at their pitch on Little Knavesmire.
They posted on their social media: “We play on public land and this behaviour makes running clubs like ours harder and harder each year.
“We run on a very small team of volunteers who give up a large chunk of their time for this local club.”
They urged everyone to spread the word. “Please can this post be spread on as many stories etc as possible.
“Tag people, local residents, let’s make this issue known across out local community of South Bank.
“We can’t let those responsible continue to get away with this time and time again.”
They also tagged in local councillors. One, Jonny Crawshaw, replied: “Sorry to hear this & thanks for all you do. I’ll make sure relevant people are aware.”
One of those involved in the club described it as “local and heartbreaking”.
Another said: “More has to be done to stop this mindless behaviour.”
Ovington Cricket Club has a long and distinguished history, having been founded in 1928.
Its first team plays in the York & District Senior League and last year pulled off a notable league and cup double.
As well as three senior sides, the club has more than 90 junior members.
Ovington only began its new season just over a week ago, and now this has happened.