Cricketers in Long Sutton have been dealt a blow just weeks before the new season starts with the theft of two lawn mowers.
Preparations for the teams, which open their South Lincolnshire and Border League seasons on April 16, were set back after sheds at the club’s grounds in Park Road were forced open and the mowers stolen on Good Friday.
The recently-refurbished Atco and Allett lawn mowers, worth £500 and £450 respectively, will now have to replaced.
Club secretary Adam Wright said: “Thieves tried to get into the shed at the bottom of Paradise Field (the club’s cricket ground) before, without managing to do so. But this time, they used bolt clippers to prise open one of the outer doors to the shed before taking the two wicket mowers.
“Police took away the bolt clippers which were left at the scene, along with a padlock which has a mark on where they tried to cut it.
“It’s a big pain for us. We are now looking into the possibility of getting a storage container for the club’s equipment.”
Cllr Laura Eldridge, South Holland District Council member for Long Sutton, and fellow district councillor Jack Tyrrell, plan to offer some financial help through a funding pot designated for council members.
Cllr Eldridge said: “I was disgusted to discover there had been a break-in. The cricket club is there for the enjoyment of the community.
“At the same time as appealing for anyone with any information to come forward, Cllr Tyrrell and I have decided to offer a portion of our designated budget towards replacing some of the equipment and increasing security at Paradise Field to prevent any future break-ins.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.