BRADFORD & Bingley Sports Club are counting the cost of flooding for the second time in five years after Storm Ciara struck.

The River Aire burst its banks under the weight of rainfall and the Wagon Lane ground quickly became a watery landscape.

Adam Swallow is chairman of the cricket club, who play in the division above Keighley in the Bradford Premier League.

His side share facilities with Bradford & Bingley Rugby Union Club, Bingley Bees Hockey Club, Bingley Harriers Athletics Club and Bradford & Bingley Canoe Club.

He said: “The flooding is as bad as 2015. The water is up to the top of the railings on the scoreboard side of the ground and over the rest of the ground it is knee high.

“It has got in to the clubhouse where all the carpets have been ruined and we won’t know until the water subsides what other damage there is.

“We have been unable to check on our mowers, but we are hopeful that we raised them sufficiently off the ground to keep them safe.”

Swallow was at the ground in the recently refurbished indoor nets when the flooding took place.

He said: “At 8am the car park was just wet, by 9am there was two inches of water and 30 minutes later, everywhere was flooded and the water was seeping in to the nets.

“We managed to get up two of the mats, but they are very heavy and we couldn’t get to the others.”

Bradford & Bingley don’t know yet what debris has been deposited by the floods and will hope the playing surface isn’t contaminated.

Swallow remains philosophical about the situation, saying: “We know that when the river level drops and the water subsides that we will face a big clean up operation.

“The people I feel most sorry for are the residents who live near the ground whose homes have been flooded. Seeing them baling out puts everything in perspective.”

The Yorkshire Cricket Board, ECB and Sport England will be providing assistance for Bradford & Bingley Cricket Club and other clubs in West Yorkshire whose grounds have been flooded.

The list includes Halifax League clubs Bridgeholme, Copley, Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd and Aire-Wharfe trio Ilkley, Ben Rhydding and Tong Park Esholt.