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Police probe cricket site blaze

A fire which badly damaged a cricket club pavilion in Harrogate was started deliberately, fire officers have said.

The fire started late on Friday at the two-storey building in St George's Road in the town.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they sent four appliances to the scene but the building was extensively damaged by the blaze.

A spokeswoman said the cause had been established as deliberate and the matter had been handed over to police.

'Rebuild pavillion'

On Monday Miles Rawlings, the chairman of Harrogate Cricket Club said: "It was very sad to watch 112 years of history go up in flames on Friday night.

"Our pavilion had been used by many greats of the game including Herbert Sutcliffe and Sir Len Hutton and in more modern times Sir Ian Botham and Sir Viv Richards.

"It has accommodated Yorkshire county games over many years and witnessed the annual Harrogate Cricket festivals which were the highlight of our Summer from 1974 to 1996.

"We will now need to gather our thoughts and work out how we can rebuild a new pavilion which can reflect the glories of the past while being relevant to our current and future needs as a centre of cricket excellence for the Harrogate area and North Yorkshire."

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