VANDALS have attacked the cricket pitch on Whitchurch village green.
They dug two holes in the soil, each several inches deep, and scratched an obscene phrase alongside them.
Groundsman Jon Steward discovered the damage to the pitch off Eastfield Lane.
He spent a day repairing the damage so the pitch can still be used this season but will have to lay new topsoil and reseed the damaged area.
In the meantime, it is not as bouncy as it should be and will not recover for a year.