REPAIR DESPAIR: Clarence River Cricket Association grounds committee representative Terry Brien and Coutts Crossing Cricket Club vice-president Dean Clark survey the damage on the cricket field at McIntosh Park.
REPAIR DESPAIR: Clarence River Cricket Association grounds committee representative Terry Brien and Coutts Crossing Cricket Club vice-president Dean Clark survey the damage on the cricket field at McIntosh Park.

Cricketers angry at hoons’ damage to ground

THE local cricket community is outraged by hooligans who vandalised a Coutts Crossing park on Friday night.

Burnout marks caused significant damage to a large section of the cricket field at McIntosh Park.

Clarence River Cricket Association grounds representative Terry Brien said a nearby resident witnessed the incident and gave a description of the vehicle.

"The description of it is an early model white, mud-runner type four-wheel drive," Mr Brien said.

"They were doing burnouts on the field between about 12.30am and 1am. Another vehicle was involved, a smaller sedan," he said.

 

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson was to play at McIntosh Park on Saturday as wicket-keeper for Coutts Crossing in the CRCA Third Grade competition.

All matches were washed out, but his team could be affected in subsequent rounds such is the extent of the damage.

"Vandalism of any type is extremely frustrating for the facility users and in this case for the cricket fraternity," Cr Williamson said.

"I understand the incident has been reported to police and I hope they are able to find the perpetrators," he said.

"If anyone has any info contact either the police or Clarence Valley Council's service line on 6643 0200."

Cr Williamson said repairs to the ground were a council responsibility.

"Again the community will have to pick up the tab because of a couple of bloody idiots who have no sense of belonging to a community," he said.

Coutts Crossing Cricket Club vice-president Dean Clark said: "It is sad people would wantonly damage a community area like this."

Coutts Crossing is to play its inaugural President's XI versus Treasurer's XI 30-over cricket match at the ground at 11am on Sunday.

"It will probably be a working bee instead," Mr Clark said.

 


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