Howzat! Club defies raiders with display

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Officials at a cricket club in Cambridgeshire which was broken into earlier this month have reported to be on course to taking a record total from an annual fundraising event.

On Friday around a 1,000 people turned out to support Burwell Cricket Club’s annual firework display held at the club’s ground in Tan House Lane.

Although the event went ahead as scheduled, organisers were thrown into a crisis 48 hours before hand after the club’s pavilion was broken into and large amounts of stock for the event was stolen, along with a television and junior cricket equipment.

“It went really well and there was a really good turnout which was pleasing to see, especially as there were other displays in the village,” said Mark Bissett, Burwell Cricket Club chairman.

“I’d like to think that more people did come along and support the club after what happened with the break in.

“The feedback from people has been good and although I don’t have an official figure yet it looks like we are on course to raise record breaking funds.

“A big thank you goes out to the community for getting behind this and to the volunteers who helped as it was much appreciated.”

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police confirmed that they were called to the club’s pavilion at 6.23am on Wednesday following reports of a burglary.

The intruders broke into the building after forcing open a window before stealing a flat-screen television, bottles of beer, a kettle and a large bag containing cricket equipment.

Three men were seen walking away from the pavilion through a pedestrian access between the cricket pitch and Mandaville Hall. Anyone with information should call 101.