Doris wrecks Nowton Cricket Club’s buildings and mower

Club chairman Roy Howes, left, and groundsman Paul Arnold survey the damage to the club's buildings and mower
Club chairman Roy Howes, left, and groundsman Paul Arnold survey the damage to the club's buildings and mower
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A small cricket club is appealing for help after Storm Doris wrecked equipment essential for preparing for the new season in eight weeks.

Nowton Cricket Club’s groundsman arrived at their Overway Meadow ground on Thursday afternoon to find the storm had brought two large trees crashing down on their buildings and equipment.

Devastating damage at the Nowton Cricket Club

Devastating damage at the Nowton Cricket Club

Club chairman Roy Howes said it had destroyed their score hut, a store shed and smokers’ shelter but, more importantly for their preparations, their outfield mower has been damaged.

“We don’t know if the outfield mower is reparable or whether we’ll have to replace it,” he said.

“We need to get the equipment up and running to prepare for the season.

“We’re all volunteers and the playing members all contribute but we haven’t got stacks of money laying around.

Nowton Cricket Clubs now wrecked score shed in happier days when the club  raised �970 for  St Nicholas Hospice Care

Nowton Cricket Clubs now wrecked score shed in happier days when the club raised �970 for St Nicholas Hospice Care

“We’ve no idea of the cost of the damage. We’ve been concentrating on getting the trees removed so we can get a proper assessment of what is required.

“Members were there yesterday and have done a fantastic job of clearing the trees.

“Fortunately, the club house, though something landed on top of it seems to have escaped unscathed.”

The club was founded in the 1950s and has about 100 members.

Anyone who is able to help the club with repairs or replacements mower can contact Roy on 07946 523906.