Dog walkers ruin Leeds cricket club pitch

A Leeds cricket club fears that it will have to re-lay its pitch after it came under siege from dog walkers.

Dozens of dog walkers have descended on Green Lane Cricket Club, in Rawdon, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.

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Now the club fears that it will have to re-sew its cricket pitch because it has been churned into an unplayable sea of mud.

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Groundsman Tommy Powell said: "It looks like a football field.

"It is the worst thing that can happen to the club and we just don't need it.

"I look at what I'm going to have to do to fix it and I just don't know which way to go."

It could cost the club hundreds of pounds to re-seed the pitch in time for the new season.

But Mr Powell claims that when he asks dog owners to walk their animals elsewhere in Nunroyd Park they are often rude to him.

Mr Powell said: "When I ask people to stop it all I get off them is that it is a public park and there is nothing I can do about it.

"It is a massive park and dog walkers can go anywhere.

"This has been going on for ages and we just can't seem to shift it."

The club started to put up dog fouling signs to warn walkers but Mr Powell claims that within two days they had been ripped down.

Green Lane Cricket Club now fear that their new pitch might not be ready in time for the start of the cricket season if the weather doesn't start to improve.

Mr Powell added: "If the seeds are sewn at the back end of spring then we just might struggle to have it complete for the start of the new season."

But this is not the first time that the club's cricket pitch has been destroyed.

Joyriders vandalised the pitch twice in the space of just six weeks in 2009.

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.