Community pitches in to help Eckington Cricket Club after burglary

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Cricket club members have praised local residents for rallying round and helping get the outfield and wicket ready for the start of the new season.

Eckington Cricket Club members were worried that they would be unable to host games at the start of the season after a storage unit was broken into and grass cutting equipment was stolen.

Some machinery was set alight on the outfield.

But the local community pitched in, loaning equipment to the club.

Renishaw Golf Club and Staveley Cricket Club donated mowing equipment and the local council agreed to help by cutting the outfield once a week.

Club chairman Andy Vaughan admits he did not think the club would be ready in time.

“The insurance claim will take weeks,” he said.

“We’ve been begging and borrowing in the meantime. The new season is just around the corner.

“A retired teacher from Eckington heard what happened and rang me up to donate an old mower. It is a lovely gesture and it’s great to see.

“It’s been all hands to the pump. We should be ready and I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped.”

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