11:05AM, Thursday 27 February 2014
A cricket club which was left under water duing the recent floods could be left facing a hefty repair bill and a race against time to be ready for the new season.
Hurley Cricket Club has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after water entered into its clubhouse, which only became accessible this weekend as levels finally receded.
The club's plight even prompted a visit from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which sent a film crew along to the ground, in Shepherds Lane, on Wednesday to document the damage.
It is hoping to return to the club in the spring and use it as a case study to assess how it recovers from the floods and prepares for the new season in April.
Club president Colin Ainger said the flooding on the ground was 'by far and away the worst' he had seen and added the damage to the clubhouse was 'pretty extensive'.
"With every week that goes by the implications for the start of the season are greater," he added.
"It could be a race against time, which is a funny thing to say in February."
Contractors have been called in to begin the clean-up work this week, but everything from carpets to bar furniture will have to be thrown out and equipment has also been damaged.
The club is still awaiting a visit from its insurance company to assess what it can claim, but is calling for donations from the community to help restore the clubhouse.
One of the most pressing needs is to replace equipment for its colts team, which is due to begin its winter training programme in a matter of days.
Colin said it was hoped the ECB case study will help in the event of future floods after this year's rain caused damage to a number of clubs in the area.
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