A village cricket club could be forced into extinction by the drive to build more homes in Kirklees.

Clayton West Cricket Club has found itself caught in the middle of a peculiar land quandry.

Part of the 113-year-old club’s pitch is land rented from a farmer.

An adjacent plot is used by the same farmer as grazing land for horses.

But that plot is in turn leased to the farmer by housing firm Taylor Wimpey.

The developer has included the grazing plot in Kirklees Council’s Local Plan – a blueprint for 29,000 homes over the next 15 years.

If given the green light to build homes, Taylor Wimpey is likely to evict the farmer, who will in turn evict the cricketers, making the pitch too small to use.

Club spokesman Steve Scott said everything was up in the air until the council’s Local Plan was finalised next year.

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But he said the club felt it had to object even though talks behind the scenes may be able to find a way round the problem.

“It’s a really strange situation,” he said.

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“Private discussions are going on about moving the farm, and Taylor Wimpey paying for it.

“If that happened the farmer has indicated they may gift the land to us.

“The irony is the only way that happens is if the plan gets the go-ahead.

“But as a club we don’t feel we can take the risk of not objecting.

“It’s putting a lot of trust in other people’s hands.

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“Even if the houses don’t get built the farmer can at any point ask us to come off the field.

“We’re basically waiting for somebody else’s next move.

“The difficulty is we’re not privy to the conversations between the farmer and Taylor Wimpey.”

Mr Scott said neither party was willing to put anything in writing or make any guarantees.

“We don’t have many cards to play,” he admitted.

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“I don’t think either the farmer or Taylor Wimpey want to see the demise of our cricket club.

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“There may be a situation where all parties get a good outcome and so far everyone’s been very good.

“But the safest option for us is to kick it into touch.”

The club, which won the Drakes League Championship in 2011 and has triumphed in three cups since 2002, is asking people to object on the official Kirklees Council Local Plan website.

For instructions go to the club’s page at www.huddersfieldcricketleague.co.uk and read ‘Latest News’.