A CRICKET club which has played for nearly 120 years could soon be disbanded after a sports club decided it was not allowed to use its facilities anymore. 

Colehill Cricket Club, which has played at Colehill Sports & Social Club in Wimborne Road since the 1920s, has been forced out of playing at the site by the sports and social club. 

The cricket club, which has been around since 1905, is now worried about its future and has launched a petition against the decision, with more than 12,000 signing within the first few days. 

Captain of the team and petitioner George Taylor said in December he got a text from a committee member saying the sports club was going to end cricket being played on the grounds at the club and they had not let any members know about it. 

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He said: “We accept there is a risk to playing cricket, but there is a minimal amount of work needing to be done to reduce the risk of incidents.” 

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George said there will be the “occasional ball” ending up in neighbours’ gardens but that there has been no incidents. 

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He added: “It is unreasonable to stop us from playing and effectively end the cricket club. We will fight this and we will try to play again. 

“There is no other ground in Colehill to play on and it is unfeasible to create on from scratch so there is no alternative. 

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“It is not good. We are very upset about this. Recently we had three or four people join us during the pandemic and they have said how much they appreciate it we let them join and it would be a shame to go.” 

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With more 12,000 signatures a counting, the club has gained a lot of support within the community.  

Toni Miles, a member of the club, said the cricket club is a “big part of our community and our heritage”, adding: “It’s such a big part of our lives. 

“It has always been there and for it to suddenly stop would be very sad.” 

The Daily Echo approached Colehill Sports & Social Club for a comment but at the time of publication they had not responded.