The nets were slashed © Getty Images (representational photos)
The nets were slashed © Getty Images (representational photos)

Duffield Cricket Club in England has put the blame on mindless vandals for attacking it in the last few weeks. It needs a mention here that the club had cut the nets which were used for training with a violent stroke three months back in May. It had also broke the advertising hoardings (which were near the ambit of the pitch) in the month of July. Now, the replaced hoardings have also been smashed and the club is very angry and frustrated on account of this. Graham Bakel, the secretary of the club said, “There are no words to use in connection with this incident other than mindless vandalism.”

In a conversation with derbytelegraph.co.uk he added, “We believe it is local youths who find us easy pickings because where we’re based, in Eyes Meadow, is off the beaten track. They can come down here and do what they like without thinking they can get caught. It leaves you angry and frustrated because, when you’re doing what you can to bring cricket to the village and trying to attract young people to take up the sport, things like this set you back.” Bakel said that the nets have been replaced and repaired. The latest vandalism happened at 20.00 hrs on Friday and at 8.30 hrs on Saturday. An act of vandalism also occurred between July 18 and 20. The devastation was found by the groundsman.

“We work very hard as a club to approach companies and individuals to try to convince them to sponsor us and support us, and then people come along and try to take that all away from us by smashing the hoardings. While I admit that it doesn’t cost a huge amount of money to replace them and the damage is not what you might term catastrophic, it is still a major inconvenience for us and something that is completely unnecessary and carried out by people who should know better,” Bakel concluded. Meanwhile, the police are investigating the three incidents and is trying its best to catch the people behind.