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Updated: Monday, January 11, 2016 23:24
Saltaire silt
Tons of silt have had to be removed from the Roberts Park outfield following the Boxing Day flood

The mopping operations continue at Bradford & Bingley and Saltaire two weeks after the Boxing Day floods saw their grounds swamped when the River Aire burst its banks.

Officials and members of both clubs have faced the heartbreaking job of sifting through the damage their grounds have sustained.

At Roberts Park, the home of Saltaire, club chairman Simon Hicks and groundsman Billy Ricketts have been working tirelessly to clear up the mess the floods left behind.

The Half Moon Cafe, the club's main source of revenue, remains closed after sustaining serious damage. Club officials have cleaned up much of the mess but the electrics and gas remain out of use.

The pavilion was penetrated by the floodwaters and there is evidence of rising damp, while all the ground equipment was submerged in the floodwater.

The floodwater has disappeared but the outfield is saturated and has been covered with huge deposits of silt. The club estimate they have already removed 30 tons and there is plenty more on the outfield.

Club chairman Simon Hicks said: "It has been a huge job trying to clear up. We have put in many hours of work but there is still so much to do.

"The buildings are council owned and we have asked for help. but we have been told it is our responsibility. We are insured for flood damage and have applied for emergency funding from the ECB, but there will be a shortfall.

"We have launched a crowd funding appeal and we are doing all we can. We need the help of our club members and the cricket family to put things straight.

"We are determined that whatever is thrown at us, we will be ready for the first day of the season on April 16. That is our aim. Our next working party is on Saturday morning at 10am and we will be glad of any help anybody in the cricket community can give us.

Bradford & Bingley
Some of the rubbish collected during the clean up operation at Bradford & Bingley's Wagon Lane ground

At Bradford & Bingley the scene is equally depressing and the club is working hard to come to terms with the damage to its indoor and outdoor nets and ground equipment.

Writing on the club's website, official Richard Foulder said: "The floods have hit hard and though the road to recovery is sure to be long and arduous, it has begun.

" We are again indebted to an all too familiar band of members who are willing to give up their time to pitch in and help the club. Most of the general clearing up on the pitches and surrounding area has been done and even though some of the first team pitch is still under water the more lasting damage is becoming apparent.

"Our indoor and outdoor net facilities have suffered particularly badly as has our ground work machinery. We have applied to the Yorkshire Cricket Board who have-in conjunction with the ECB set up the emergency fund to aid flood affected clubs.

" Representatives from the ECB, Yorkshire CC and the Yorkshire Cricket Board will be visiting the club next week to carry out an on-site assessment of our immediate first phase funding needs.

"Sport England have also set up an emergency flood relief fund for sports clubs affected by the floods to which we have also applied. 


"We have also set up our own fund - Donations to - which at the time of this article stands at £1,265. All of the donations received will go towards restoring the club and its facilities so it can continue its main function of serving the community.

"Due to our indoor nets being currently out of commission we are exploring the possibility of alternatives for senior winter nets. We are hoping to have something confirmed on this front soon and hopefully winter nets will be able to commence from late January.

"The next task force will be heading down to the club on Saturday, January 16nfrom around 9:30am with the specific aims of clearing out the containers on the second pitch, clearing them of anything that needs to be thrown away, checking the machinery and hosing down the portable toilet. There are also some items in the cellar of the main pavilion to the cleared.

"Once again a massive thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with the clear up and those who have donated to help the club in these difficult times."


1 Volunteer to join their work forces on Saturday and show the cricket community is behind the two clubs.
2 Provide any expert support or advice which will assist them.
3 Donate to their crowd funding schemes.

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