It's just not cricket! Vandals break sight screens at cricket club by playing football

The Bolton News: Brothers Cian and Ross Dickinson are members of the cricket club and were disappointed at the damage caused to the sight screens Brothers Cian and Ross Dickinson are members of the cricket club and were disappointed at the damage caused to the sight screens

VANDALS have damaged two sight screens — days after they were put up at a cricket club.

Volunteers at Bradshaw Cricket Club in Rigby Lane, Bradshaw, were horrified to discover the screens, which members had helped to build, had been damaged by youths playing football.

To save funds, members used money from sponsors Performance Electrical and the junior team sponsor, Westlands, to built the screens for £1,000 — thousands of pounds less than the cost of buying new screens.

They were placed at the club in time for the second team’s first game on Easter Sunday and were damaged on Easter Monday.

Steve Dickinson, chairman at the club, said: “I would like the people who did this to understand how much effort it takes to run clubs with 70 to 80 juniors coming.

“Coaches and volunteers do it free of charge. We try and improve the facilities and some lads have been playing football on a cricket pitch.

“They knew they were doing the damage. I want their parents to know what they have done and if they are willing to put something towards maintaining them.

“It’s hitting the club — if it was their iPad or mobile phone I kicked with a football, they wouldn’t like it.

“It would be nice if they could own up. We know people make mistakes. We don’t want them to pay for the damage or prosecute them.”

He said the damage was “annoying and mindless”. The club has CCTV cameras but not all of the ground can be covered. The club is looking into improving security.

One of the members saw the two boys and spoke to them but did not realise damage had been caused until later.

The incident comes weeks after Darcy Lever Cricket Club was targeted by yobs who caused hundreds of pounds of damage.

The damage at the club in Hacken Lane included broken sight screens, drain spouts pulled from a building, with one thrown on to the club house roof and turf churned up.

Daffodils were also pulled up, a security light damaged and part of the wickets dug out.

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8:43am Sun 27 Apr 14

JustBecause says...

Kids will be kids....
Kids will be kids.... JustBecause
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9:08am Sun 27 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

JustBecause wrote:
Kids will be kids....
It does not sound like wanton vandalism - just kids playing footie in the wrong place. Is there anything structured for the young ones in this area re football?
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Kids will be kids....[/p][/quote]It does not sound like wanton vandalism - just kids playing footie in the wrong place. Is there anything structured for the young ones in this area re football? oftbewildered2
  • Score: -17

9:34am Sun 27 Apr 14

tommyteacup says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
JustBecause wrote:
Kids will be kids....
It does not sound like wanton vandalism - just kids playing footie in the wrong place. Is there anything structured for the young ones in this area re football?
A birch tree. Bring back the birch!
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Kids will be kids....[/p][/quote]It does not sound like wanton vandalism - just kids playing footie in the wrong place. Is there anything structured for the young ones in this area re football?[/p][/quote]A birch tree. Bring back the birch! tommyteacup
  • Score: 16

11:29am Sun 27 Apr 14

waterbottle says...

Make some foldable sight screens when not in use you can store them in a safe place
Make some foldable sight screens when not in use you can store them in a safe place waterbottle
  • Score: 11

1:23pm Sun 27 Apr 14

CarlXVIGustaf says...

Welcome to broken Bradshaw
Welcome to broken Bradshaw CarlXVIGustaf
  • Score: -6

4:12pm Sun 27 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
JustBecause wrote:
Kids will be kids....
It does not sound like wanton vandalism - just kids playing footie in the wrong place. Is there anything structured for the young ones in this area re football?
When I was a boy I used to play for Harwood over on Longsight Park, but I've no idea as to whether the club's still running or not. It was quite a while ago.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Kids will be kids....[/p][/quote]It does not sound like wanton vandalism - just kids playing footie in the wrong place. Is there anything structured for the young ones in this area re football?[/p][/quote]When I was a boy I used to play for Harwood over on Longsight Park, but I've no idea as to whether the club's still running or not. It was quite a while ago. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 6

9:13pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Like I mentioned in a previous post re Darcy Lever. Just focusing on cricket will mean that these clubs are alienating the vast majority of young people.
Their respective leagues, the Bolton Association and Bolton League need to move with the times.
Like I mentioned in a previous post re Darcy Lever. Just focusing on cricket will mean that these clubs are alienating the vast majority of young people. Their respective leagues, the Bolton Association and Bolton League need to move with the times. Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: -6

9:33pm Sun 27 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Little 8a5tard5 !!!
Little 8a5tard5 !!! wsw69
  • Score: 7

9:40pm Sun 27 Apr 14

albertmodley says...

Greasy Chip Butty wrote:
Like I mentioned in a previous post re Darcy Lever. Just focusing on cricket will mean that these clubs are alienating the vast majority of young people.
Their respective leagues, the Bolton Association and Bolton League need to move with the times.
For example?
[quote][p][bold]Greasy Chip Butty[/bold] wrote: Like I mentioned in a previous post re Darcy Lever. Just focusing on cricket will mean that these clubs are alienating the vast majority of young people. Their respective leagues, the Bolton Association and Bolton League need to move with the times.[/p][/quote]For example? albertmodley
  • Score: 3

8:49am Mon 28 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Reading between the lines these screens have been made on the cheap.

Consequently they have not stood up to having a football kicked against them?

Sounds like they could be stronger.


In response to the comments above, Bradshaw Cricket Club has some tennis courts at the end of the crick pitch, there isnt the space for anything else unless they put a small footie pitch on the carpark, but then where would you park?
Reading between the lines these screens have been made on the cheap. Consequently they have not stood up to having a football kicked against them? Sounds like they could be stronger. In response to the comments above, Bradshaw Cricket Club has some tennis courts at the end of the crick pitch, there isnt the space for anything else unless they put a small footie pitch on the carpark, but then where would you park? atlas123
  • Score: 2

9:43am Mon 28 Apr 14

MissPeg says...

The word vandal is a little harsh considering it's probably someone who didn't realise kicking a football on a patch of grass would cause such damage.

I agree with atlas, it's all very well and good making something cheaply. But is it at a cost of strength and security? Would a cricket ball hitting the wood do the same kind of damage?
The word vandal is a little harsh considering it's probably someone who didn't realise kicking a football on a patch of grass would cause such damage. I agree with atlas, it's all very well and good making something cheaply. But is it at a cost of strength and security? Would a cricket ball hitting the wood do the same kind of damage? MissPeg
  • Score: 2

10:19am Mon 28 Apr 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Just kids being kids.
.
Amazes me stories like this.
These days if you're going to install or build anything like this then the very first thought should be "it's going to get vandalised" and build that into your plans.
Just kids being kids. . Amazes me stories like this. These days if you're going to install or build anything like this then the very first thought should be "it's going to get vandalised" and build that into your plans. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Tue 29 Apr 14

albertmodley says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
Just kids being kids.
.
Amazes me stories like this.
These days if you're going to install or build anything like this then the very first thought should be "it's going to get vandalised" and build that into your plans.
"Kids being kids?"
Then its tearing up flowers from old ladies' gardens," boys being boys".
Wrecking telephone boxes, setting fire to your car, hurling a brick through your window, and possibly stabbing a teacher in school-just" lads being lads."
"You must expect this sort of thing"- so put electric fencing round sports fields, railings round gardens, garage your car off road and shutters over your windows, and issue teachers with stab proof vests.It wouldnt happen then would it.?
Simple then.

Simple then!
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Just kids being kids. . Amazes me stories like this. These days if you're going to install or build anything like this then the very first thought should be "it's going to get vandalised" and build that into your plans.[/p][/quote]"Kids being kids?" Then its tearing up flowers from old ladies' gardens," boys being boys". Wrecking telephone boxes, setting fire to your car, hurling a brick through your window, and possibly stabbing a teacher in school-just" lads being lads." "You must expect this sort of thing"- so put electric fencing round sports fields, railings round gardens, garage your car off road and shutters over your windows, and issue teachers with stab proof vests.It wouldnt happen then would it.? Simple then. Simple then! albertmodley
  • Score: 1

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