‘It’s a kick in the teeth’ - Cromer Cricket Club chairman and captain distraught after irreplaceable bats are stolen

Break in at Cromer Cricket Club. Left, club captain Tom Davies and chairman Kent Laws. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Break in at Cromer Cricket Club. Left, club captain Tom Davies and chairman Kent Laws. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Cricketers from a north Norfolk seaside town have been left distraught after their custom-designed bats, worth hundreds of pounds each, were stolen during a club house break-in.

Cricket bats owned by both members of Cromer Cricket Club, off Overstrand Road, and the club itself were taken during the incident, including locally-made bats created by the Norfolk Cricket Bat Company.

Club captain and head coach, Tom Davies, of Meadow Lane, Southrepps, has been playing for the club since the age of 13.

A former Cromer High School pupil, the 30-year-old works as a physical education teacher and said the break-in had felt like “a kick in the teeth”.

He had two bats stolen, collectively worth about £450.

“When I found out I don’t think angry cut it,” he said. “It’s mainly disappointing to think we are a club that does things in and around the community, we work hard to provide things for the community, we are at the club doing things to help - more than we are playing cricket.

“We’ve had a few break-ins in the past but that’s usually in the winter when people are not here much but things have not been taken before and this has never happened mid-season.

“It’s come as a bit of a shock really.”

The incident took place sometime between 8.30pm on Monday June 16 and 6.20pm on Wednesday June 18 when an unknown number of people broke into the building and stole a number of items including the eight cricket bats by makes including B&S, BAS Vampire, Norfolk Viper and Spartanet. They are estimated to be worth between £170 and £300 each.

As well as the bats, a Makita digital radio and a pair of blue and green Caramore running trainers, size 10 and a half, were also taken.

Club chairman Kent Laws said: “We are all pretty gutted. As well as members bats we’ve also had club bats which have been lifted.

“It sounds strange but people get used to their bats - each one is different.

“If anyone is approached to buy a pretty high-grade cricket bat then please inform the police.”

Anyone with information can contact sergeant Andy Smith at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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