Police are investigating a serious act of vandalism perpetrated by a large gang of youths at Penarth Cricket Club’s pitch at the Athletic Ground last night.
As night fell last night a gang of about 14 youths descended on the Athletic Group and began jumping on three brand-new taut weatherproof covers protecting the wicket
One of the members of Penarth Cricket Club spotted the gang in the act of damaging the equipment and alerted fellow members who arrived within minutes. Police were also called to the scene
The covers – which comprise large metal frames over which a taut waterproof cover is stretched – protect the playing surface from the weather.
The three brand new units at Penarth Cricket club were only delivered six weeks ago – comprised three separate units which together are used to cover one wicket. They cost over £8,000.
The club says it believes it’s insured against the loss but the mindless vandalism is a major setback for the club .