Potholes plea of South Holderness Cricket Club
A 130-YEAR-OLD cricket club is on a sticky wicket with the state of its access road.
South Holderness Cricket Club is keen to see huge improvements to Middle Lane, Hedon, the road leading to the club.
Players and the committee say the road is in a terrible state, full of potholes and overgrown down both sides.
They say the problem is the road is not adopted by East Riding Council as a highway so it is not repaired as a matter of routine.
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After being asked, the council has delivered some loose material that club members can shovel into the holes.
But within weeks the road will be back as it was.
Club treasurer Keiron Metcalfe said: "We have lobbied East Riding Council in an attempt to have the lane resurfaced.
"But the council states that it is unadopted and that, as such, it is the responsibility of those who benefit from using the lane to maintain it.
"Our initial idea was to apply for a bit of lottery funding but we don't own the land.
"This has been going on for years and the state of the lane has been getting steadily worse."
South Holderness Cricket Club has been established in Hedon since 1882 and runs two senior teams and four junior teams as well as an under-nines academy.
It has acquired the status of a Yorkshire Cricket Board Focus Club as well as getting English Cricket Board Club Mark accreditation.
But the club is entirely self-sufficient and the income required to keep it alive comes from within the local community.
Some comes from the pavilion bar but even that is now under threat.
The facility was used by a darts team but opposing teams started to make complaints about the state of Middle Lane so the darts team moved elsewhere, costing the club £100 to £150 a week, about 25 per cent of the bar turnover.
The dangerous road means the club now has to be closed altogether in winter.
Mr Metcalfe said: "The longer the lane goes without receiving meaningful attention, the more harm it is doing to the reputation and prospects of our old club and the more dangerous it becomes for the general public at large within Hedon.
"Government spouts on about clubs such as ours being essential in getting kids out from in front of their televisions so as to combat supposed juvenile obesity, but we can't even rely on a local authority to maintain a short stretch of road."
The cricket club committee, when it entertained the idea of applying for lottery funding, obtained a quote of £15,000 for the road to be resurface. But that was well above what it could afford.
Mr Metcalfe said: "We've even been in touch with our MP, Graham Stuart, who tried to point us in the right direction but it hasn't led anywhere.
"Short of one of our committee members coming up trumps on the lottery and making a generous donation to the club, we are at a loss as to how best to rectify this problem."
Middle Lane is a public by-way used by people cutting through from Westwick as well as by dog-walkers.
There are houses that back on to the lane but few people use it for access so club members feel there would be little point in trying to gather support for a fundraising push to resurface the lane.
An East Riding Council spokesman said: "It's a private road but we have helped the club out in the past.
"When we have material left over from patching works we deliver it and the club get people to do the work. We last delivered some on January 24."
Email keiron.shcc@a metcalfe.karoo.co.uk if you can help the club.