BRADLEY and Colnebridge are desperately seeking help!

The luckless Warrenside- based Arrow Huddersfield Central League cricket club were the victims of arsonists at Christmas, with the result that their relatively-new clubhouse was torched.

And members now face a desperate race to gather funds, and whatever help they can muster, in order to get the facility ready in time for the new season.

"Club officials are trying to sort out the insurance claim, but at the moment we have absolutely nothing," said the club's League representative and sponsor secretary Steve Ashwell.

"We don't have any machinery, it was all destroyed in the fire, and we're now going to have to try and buy a second-hand mower.

"If any clubs have anything in the way of machinery that they don't need, we could certainly use it!

"We have had donations from four clubs, Lascelles Hall, Mirfield, Almondbury Wesleyans and (Bradford League) Pudsey Congs, but I'm afraid we have had a very poor response from local businesses.

"One firm that have offered us help is Yorkshire Mills Carpets.

"They are only a small firm, but their manager rang up and said he would sort us out, and fit the carpets when we get some new premises built, which was a brilliant offer."

"But we really could do with some help, hopefully from some of the big businesses around the area."

The club were forced to move from their old Colnebridge ground when it was built on in the mid Nineties, and they finished up on the old Bradley Rangers Football Club site, where their new ground and pavilion were opened in 1997 by the late Alec Lodge, a former Huddersfield League president and Yorkshire vice-president.

The pavilion, which was torched before Christmas when vandals climbed in through the roof, housed changing rooms, showers and equipment.

"All being well, we'll get a pavilion of some sort for the start of the season, but we would be grateful for any help," added Ashwell.

He can be contacted either on 07773 897437 or on - and the club also have a Gift Aid number (which means donators can claim it back on tax) CASC 02335.