Thieves have struck at the new home of the Glenrothes Cricket Club just as the team is preparing for its first match of the new season this weekend.
The club was regularly targeted by thieves at its previous base at Riverside Park but had not suffered any similar problems since moving to Gilvenbank Park around a year ago.
But on Monday morning, operation officer Kenny Crichton, who represented Scotland at youth level, discovered an 11-metre patch of its artificial turf had been cut out and stolen.
The latest incident comes after the club invested thousands of pounds in community facilities at the park, but it will now have to relocate some of its home games.
“It is so disappointing to have to deal with this yet again but we are going to rise above it and carry on with our plans,” Kenny said.
“We have raised a lot of money and put it into facilities that we use for open days and training youngsters, as well as the club’s matches.
“It is so frustrating to be targeted like this when the club is trying to do something positive and provide facilities that everyone can benefit from.
“But we wont be beaten – we will carry on.”
It is believed the theft occurred on the night of Sunday, April 20 after the players had finished a training session.
In April last year, vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to pitch covers just hours after they were delivered.
The £8000 metal covers were attacked for a second time just three weeks later.
Then, in July last year, vandals broke into the club’s pavilion at Riverside Park and stole or trashed cricket kit, equipment and supplies.
In total, the three incidents caused over £10,000 worth of damage at the Riverside Park premises.