Blaze at popular sports pavillion leaves Scholes Cricket Club devastated

The cricket club has been devastated by the fire. Picture: SCC

The cricket club has been devastated by the fire. Picture: SCC

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A cricket club’s pavilion has been left destroyed after a severe blaze on the grounds in a village near Wetherby.

The building at Scholes Cricket Club on Rakehill Road was gutted by a fire which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday (August 17).

The burnt pavillion. Picture: SCC

The burnt pavillion. Picture: SCC

Fire crews from Killingbeck were called at 1.40am and put out the blaze, which has left members of the 90-year-old club devastated.

A fire investigation officer is now looking into the cause but Steve Waller, chairman of the club, said he believed it was suspicious.

He said the first they heard of it was when the ground keeper and secretary were called out in the early hours.

"The pavilion has been totally gutted, " he said.

"It looks as though the fire has gone from one side of the pavilion to the other.

"The club has been going for 90 years and this is the first time the pavilion has been burned down.

"We are feeling pretty bad. We might be able to get a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board for something but we’re not sure how much that will be."

A second team match scheduled for Saturday has been called off but Mr Waller said it was too early to say what the full impact of the loss of the facility would be.

"The roller and mowers were damaged and they are what we use to prepare the ground.

"We can get a portable cabin for changing but we need to get the ground ready."

The incident has sparked anger and support from other local teams, including Barwick in Elmet Cricket Club who posted on social media that they would be offering help.