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The Great Flood

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Boxing Day 2015 saw the club devastated by unprecedented flooding when Storm Eva wreaked havoc at our main ground in Esholt.

The River Aire, running alongside the ground overwhelmed the club causing a biblical 5 foot flood which took a month to fully subside.

Widespread damage was caused to our pavilion, including stewards living accommodation, changing rooms, beer equipment and cricket equipment.

The cricket outfield and wicket was severely damaged by caravans from the neighbouring caravan park being dragged across by force of water.

Practice nets were completely destroyed along with boundary dry stone walls and spectator seating.

The club incurred costs in the region of £150,000. Sight screens were badly damaged as was the electronic scoreboard.

David Young, club treasurer, said at the time: "It is a scene of utter devastation and we estimate it will cost at least £150,000 to repair."

Another club member surveying the scene said: "It looks like we have been hit by a tsunami."

It was an apt description of the nightmare scene after the River Aire burst its banks, sweeping caravans from the adjacent field onto the cricket ground.

The club sought help from the ECB and Sport England and set about rebuilding. We have hosted a number of fund-raising events but still need funds as we look to improve our facilities.

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