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Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 17:11
LEAGUE CREST FLOODING HEARTACHE FOR CLUBS
Wagon Lane
The desolate scene at Wagon Lane where the scorebox is surrounded by the floodwater and the pitch submerged
Wagon Lane
Wagon Lane under water
Wagon Lane
The clubhouse at Wagon Lane

Bradford & Bingley and Saltaire face major mopping up operations after the grounds were flooded when the River Aire burst its banks.

The incessant rain of Christmas Day and Boxing Day brought about the heart-breaking scenes at both grounds.

For Bradford & Bingley this is the second time their ground and buildings have been flooded in recent weeks.

The pictures show the clubhouse, indoor cricket sheds and scorebox cut off by the floodwaters.

It's a similar picture a few miles downstream at Saltaire where the rivers water is lapping around the ;pavilion and scorebox.

All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League chairman David Young said: "Our thoughts are with the two club as they try to come to terms with the damage caused by the floodwater.

"These are tough times and I am sure the cricketing community will join the Management Board in offering and practical help they can."

Yorklshire County Cricket Club have also issued a statement of support for the clubs affected. It said: "Yorkshire County Cricket Club would like to pass on our thoughts to everyone hit by the floods across the region. Please stay safe."

The ECB have issued guidance on how to claim grants for damage due caused by flooding. The details can be found by following the link below.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/development/facilities-funding/sustainable-clubs/flooding

The ECB provides advice and support for affected clubs in these situations, whether it be significant damage to buildings and machinery or the depositary of sediment and waste on outfields and squares.

In the event of severe disruption (placing the club at risk) emergency funding is available. For further information please email facilities@ecb.co.uk

Andrew Watson, Executive Director of the Yorkshire Cricket Board has issued advice for affected clubs.

He saId : "We have established an Emergency Fund to support affected Clubs. In terms of process for Clubs affected, if either individual clubs or leagues can send me the following I can start a case file and get in touch with them about emergency funding:

What is required
1  Key contact info – name, email, mobile number and correspondence address.
2  Details of damage:
3  What is insured (and has this been assessed)
4 What is uninsured
5 What is immdiately resoveable
6 What may be longer term (such as damage to playing surfaces)
7 Cost estimates where available
8 Photographs where available

Information can be emailed to Andrew Watson at a.watson@yorkshirecb.com 

Sport England announced on Monday that they are extending their emergency funding for flood hit sports clubs. Full details can be found at
http://www.sportengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/december/28/storm-desmond-flood-relief-fund-created/

The Management Board would like to hear from other clubs affected by the flooding.

If your club has been affected by flooding please email details to editor@bradfordcl.com

Roberts Park
The flooding at Roberts Park where the only ones enjoying the soggy scene are the ducks
Saltaire flood
This was the scene that confronted Saltaire's second team manager Rakesh Bargota on Boxing Day
Roberts Park
The Saltaire pavilion and scorebox are surrounded by the flood waters Picture: Rakesh Bargota
Saltaire flooding
The flood waters lap up to the Half Moon cafe as one of Roberts Park's stone alpacas is swamped
Picture: Rakesh Bargota
Boathouse pub
The Boathouse Pub on the opposite bank of the River Aire to Roberts Park is swamped by flood water
Picture: Rakesh Bargota
Saltaire Flood December 27
The morning after the flood. The scene at Roberts Park on December 27
Picture: Toby Birkinshaw

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