Club may face pitch problem

LOCAL truly amateur cricket club Badger Hill feel they could be on a sticky wicket regarding their future at Dewsbury Road, Rastrick.

The Arrow Huddersfield Central League club has just signed a new lease with Thornhill Estates which is in place until 2017 but from December 2014 has a 12-month notice clause.

Members of the two sides, committee and supporters, who use the Sun Inn for their headquarters, believe that the new clause indicates the company that specialises in housing development may have plans afoot.

Second team skipper Nick Dare said: “Many local residents seem to think something is up too as they seem to be gearing themselves up for a fight to stop the land being built upon.

“As we understand it the building would most likely be homes, but I guess there would need to be a significant upturn in the economy before any such plans would come to fruition.

“However, we do not have any evidence that that is what is going to happen.

“But the length of the lease and the notice clause do indicate we may have a problem, but who knows?

“It’s not that land suitable for a cricket ground is readily available in the hills of the Pennines and there is also the cost attached.

“In the meantime we will enjoy our cricket and take everything in our stride if our worst fears are realised,” he said.

There was nobody at Thornhill Estates available for comment.