Theft will not knock cricket festival success

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Organisers of the annual Scarborough Cricket Festival say that a first night break-in will not spoil the event.

Thieves stole £100 in cash along with four bottle of spirits and 12 bottles of wine overnight between Monday and Tuesday from the marquee set up in the grounds of the North Marine Road stadium.

Police are now trying to trace those responsible but Scarborough Cricket Club chairman Bill Mustoe says it will not take the gloss off of the sport on show.

He told The Scarborough News: “It is annoying, we had security but it looks like some people have snuck in overnight. The police are dealing with it now.

“Other than that is has been a very good start to the week.

“We had 3,200 people through the door to see Yorkshire lose to Essex, unfortunately, on Monday but the people saw a great game.

“Tributes have to be paid to our ground staff for ensuring that play started on time on the first day.

“The pitch was waterlogged after the downpour on Sunday and the team did an amazing job ensuring that everything went off at the right time.

“We are now looking forward to a great few days.”

Anyone who has any information on the theft is asked to contact police via the 101 number.

• See page 110 for more on the cricket festival.