Cricket club's future 'at risk' following break-in

PUBLISHED: 09:49 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:49 11 March 2016

Club treasurer James Godbold with chairman Barry Griffith

Club treasurer James Godbold with chairman Barry Griffith

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A Welwyn Garden City-based cricket club's future has been put at risk after its clubhouse was broken into.

The smash-and-grab at Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club, based in Beehive Lane, happened between 9pm on Monday, February 15 and 7.35am on Saturday, February 20.

The clubhouse is currently unoccupied as its the off-season, and club chairman Barry Griffith said the damage caused in the “senseless” break-in could cost them up to £2,000, “which definitely puts us at risk”.

He said: “We have a steel cover on our door and they had ripped it off and have taken a sledge hammer to the door. So they have broken in that way, gone to our bar area and gone through the till but there was nothing in there.

“We are not a profit making club, so if we have to find that sort of money to cover these costs it wipes out our reserves, which definitely puts us at risk.”

Police said cash tins, tills and store cupboards were searched before the offender(s) made off with spirits from behind the bar.

Mr Griffith said: “It’s hard enough keeping the club running with high costs, but to have to use money we would use for facilities on clearing this up is very frustrating.”

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