A Leeds cricket club fears its pitch could be out of action for months after joyriders left a trail of destruction.
Groundsman Tommy Powell was devastated to discover that deep tyre tracks had been left on the pitch at Green Lane Cricket Club, in Rawdon.
He fears it will cost the club, which has been targeted by vandals in the past, hundreds of pounds to fix and could take months to restore the pitch.
The club installed posts and signs to warn people to stay off the pitch but Mr Powell said those pleas were being ignored.
He said: "There's nothing I can do about it.
"It's just sickening and is an eyesore.
"We're never going to keep them off the cricket field and it's become a playground for dogs and dog walkers."
Joyriders vandalised the pitch twice in the space of just six weeks three years ago.
The pitch had to be relaid and re-planted because the cricket season was still ongoing.
It cost the club thousands of pounds to repair.
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