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Vandals on motorbikes damage Rainham Cricket Club pitch

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 August 2018

Damage to the pitch at Rainham Cricket Club.

Damage to the pitch at Rainham Cricket Club.

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A group of vandals on motorbikes have damaged the pitch at Rainham Cricket Club.

Vandals were seen riding motorbikes across the pitch at Rainham Cricket Club. Photo: Jas HothiVandals were seen riding motorbikes across the pitch at Rainham Cricket Club. Photo: Jas Hothi

Tyre marks and skid marks were left on the wicket after a group of youths were seen last night (Thursday, August 16) on off-road bikes driving across the wicket.

The club was due to have a match yesterday afternoon but the bad weather meant it had to be rained off.

One member of the club was later walking his dog when he saw the youths, and saw the damage that they had left.

Fortunately other members have managed to save the day and have tried to repair the damage so that the games planned for the weekend can still go ahead.

Club captain, Jas Hothi, said that he was frustrated with what they had done, but praised club members for coming together to repair the ground.

He said: “It’s obviously really annoying but there’s not much we could have done about it.

“We see them hanging around on their bikes but you never expect this to happen.”

The captain said that member Ian Little, and his son Ben had been down to the ground to try and patch up the mess that the vandals had left.

Jas said that the club is still waiting for confirmation that the games planned for weekend will still be played at home, but said that the pitch was looking a lot better thanks to club members and the groundsman.

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