0 Pitch vandalised

By Fiona Scott

VANDALS who dug holes on Peebles County cricket pitches have been described as mindless by the club's committee this week.
Three of the eight pitches at Whitestone Park were rendered unusable following the incident, which occurred between Saturday evening and Sunday morning last weekend.

Club chairman Jamie Davidson told TheSouthern: "Everyone at the club is very disappointed this has happened and we hope that the police find out who is responsible and deal with them appropriately. We are very proud of the pitches here at Peebles which are not only used by the first and second teams, but by local youngsters too. Our Groundsman Matthew Eggonton works really hard to keep the pitches in good order and it's a bit sickening when people come along and deliberately mess them up."

Although no matches were affected last weekend, Mr Davidson believes the damage will cause problems later on in the season.

Peebles first XI, who play in East of Scotland Division Six, are currently sitting in second position, hot on the heels of league leaders Edinburgh South, while the seconds are mid-table in Division Eight. The club also fields a Sunday XI, a midweek XI, Under-15, Under 13 and Under-11 teams.

A spokesperson from Lothian and Borders Police told us yesterday: "The investigation into the vandalism at Peebles Cricket ground is still ongoing and we would like to speak to anyone who may have information about this incident."

Article sourced from "The southern reporter"

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