The table-top clash between Milton Keynes and North Crawley could be at risk after thousands of pounds of pitch preparation equipment was stolen from Milton Keynes Village.
Thieves broke into storage sheds at MKCC’s Worelle Avenue base, stealing three pitch mowers, one of which is brand new and worth £4,500, a strimmer and fuel cans.
The break-in leaves the club, who took over the lead of Four Counties Division 1 last Saturday, struggling to prepare their pitch in time for their table-top match against North Crawley, who they pushed into second place.
The club are already suffering after the closure of their pavilion at the beginning of the summer when owners failed to secure a new tenant, meaning the club only has access to the changing rooms but nowhere to host their between-innings teas.
Vice captain Daniel Ramsell said: “The break-in couldn’t have come at a worse time. A win for us this weekend would put us in a great position.
“We have a backup plan or two, so hopefully as long as the weather allows us, we’ll still get a game in.
“With our pavilion closing and now this, it has been a tough season.”