FIELDERS at Golcar Cricket Club have a lot more than big-hitting batsmen to contend with.
The historic ground is regularly littered with broken glass and dog dirt, while amateur golfers rip the ground apart practising their drives.
First team captain Dave Robinson said the problems were getting worse.
"To cap it all, we have had recent incidents of motorbikes riding on the centre of the field, graffiti on the walls, windows deliberately broken, and ball bearings being fired at players from a local house."
Matters came to a head a week ago when someone took pot-shots at young players with the ball bearing gun in an under-12s match at the Town End club.
"It must have been pretty powerful. It was shot from 50 yards away. It didn't hit anybody but they heard the pellet whistle by their ears," said Mr Robinson.
While dog owners have allowed their pets to foul the outfield, youths using the grounds for drinking have been littering it with broken glass.
"Why?" asked Mr Robinson. "There are litter bins at the ground."
Children of all ages use the field to play soccer and an area of the ground virtually as big as a football field will have to be dug up and replaced at a cost of thousands of pounds.
"Someone somewhere, knows of the people responsible for some of these issues and are just standing by and letting it happen - please ask them to stop," said Mr Robinson.
"Why is there a minority of irresponsible people that seem intent on trying to spoil it for all of us ?"
And he asked the Golcar community to respect the cricket club.
"It is there for the benefit of the community and for providing cricket in the village for many generations over many years to come - as it always has been."
The club, which is made up of two senior teams and several junior squads, has just built some brand new changing facilities and a scoreboard.