A RIBBLE Valley cricket club has reached it's fund raising target to fight a bid to construct a new housing state on its ground.

Chipping Cricket Club is set to take on land owners SCPi Bowland Ltd in a court battle next month with the developer pushing for the club to vacate it's base of 65 years.

The club's members, backed by many village residents, set themselves a target of £5,000 for the legal costs to fight the company's move to evict the club from its Old Hive ground.

Negotiations fell down last year over a proposed relocation to an alternative site but the club has rejected such offers after deeming that the new ground was not suitable.

The club has now reached it's total and will contest a three-day tribunal hearing in Manchester from May 6 with the Land Registry and SCPi Bowland Ltd.

The court battle comes after a plan for 56 homes at the cricket club, along with a proposal to convert the Grade II-listed Kirk Mill in the village into an 18-bed hotel was thrown out by Ribble Valley Borough Council last year.