A CRICKET club has had equipment worth hundreds of pounds stolen from its pavilion.
Cricket whites, bats, pads and kit bags worth £800 have been taken from Connah’s Quay Cricket Club, with club officials describing it as an “opportunist job” theft.
The equipment, belonging to the club’s junior players, is thought to have been taken between March 1 and March 11 from an unsecured cupboard at the club’s pavilion on Cable Street.
Dave Jones, Connah’s Quay Cricket Club vice-chairman and groundsman, said: “It looks like an opportunist job really.
“I’m here every day working round the back but I don’t know if someone got in round the front.
“It’s baffled us. The nets are starting now for the kids and we’ve turned the place upside down trying to find kit.”
Mr Jones, 63, who has been involved with the club for over 40 years, said: “We’ve come so far as a club we didn’t feel we needed shutters over our windows.
“I’ve not seen anything like this for years. We’re going to have to start building up the equipment again, fortunately a lot of the lads have their own kit but some still don’t. Our secretary is scouring [online auction website] eBay to try and get some more. The bats are the dearest items.”
A North Wales Police spokesman said the theft was reported last Tuesday.
The spokesman said the equipment was stolen “from an insecure cupboard sometime while the building was open”.
Club chairman Kenny Roberts said: “We don’t know how it happened, we’re really not happy about this. I’m angry someone has targeted the club.
“It’s a big loss, we have about four or five junior teams here.”
Connah’s Quay councillor Bernie Attridge told the Leader: “This is a volunteer- run club doing their best to keep kids off the streets.
“Whoever has done this is the absolute scum of the earth. I am pleading with the good people of Connah’s Quay to contact police as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident should contact North Wales Police on 101.