VANDALS who ‘slashed’ a local cricket club’s wicket cover ‘about 50 times’ didn’t keep them from playing their match the following day.

Alan Littlewood, who is a committee member at Worsbrough Bridge Cricket Club, was shocked to find the covers had been damaged last week - but it didn’t take long for the community to rally together to raise money for a replacement.

He told the Chronicle: “We noticed the damage at around 2pm on Friday so it must have been done between Thursday night and Friday morning.

“We had a similar thing happen to us seven years ago but this time it had been slashed about 50 times - it’s really upsetting for everyone who puts so much into the club.

“Covid has hit us hard, like it has every club, and we’re playing under restrictions at the minute.

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“We’ve got a great group of volunteers who fundraise for the club and so when this happened it’s of course a big blow - we’re a tight-knit community and do a lot of work within it so we can’t get our heads around it.”

A fundraiser, set up by Alan, reached its £1,500 target within 24 hours and the club has since bought a new wicket cover.

“It shows that we have the resilience to carry on and we’re not just going to lay down and let these things happen,” he added.