Cricket playing kids have been stumped after their sports pavilion was reduced to ashes.

With the cricket bug still sweeping the nation following England's victory in the Ashes, firebugs torched Carnforth Cricket Club's third team changing rooms - causing thousands of pounds of damage.

The pavilion was used by youngsters during matches and the cricket club says it may struggle to meet the cost of at least £3,000 for a rebuild - meaning local kids could lose out.

Chairman Sue Parry told the Citizen: "The long-term problem is getting it ready for next season. It's the expense of replacing it that could also be a problem.

"I'm not sure if we will be able to meet the cost, which is a great shame because we need somewhere for the third team. It would be sad to see it fold."

She goes on: "It is very disappointing because it is most likely kids who have done this and it is for young people we provide the facilities for. It is a shame and very upsetting."

Ms Parry says that the club has suffered from vandalism in the past but the damage it has gone 'one step further' this time.

She adds: "The pavilion has been broken into and we have had to keep fixing the door, another time paint was thrown everywhere. It seemed as fast as we fixed it they did it again."

The latest incident, which happened on Thursday evening, is still being investigated by police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 01524-63333 or Crime stoppers on 0800-555111.