REDBANK Plains-based cricket club, the Eastern Taipans, yesterday was the target of thieves who stole two expensive - and essential - ride-on mowers from the club's grounds.
The thieves swooped in a 30-minute window of opportunity between the arrival and departure of two club members preparing the fields.
President Brad Hines said one club member arrived at the Redbank Plains Rd fields at 7.45am. Normally he would be accompanied by a second member.
However, yesterday the pair arrived separately, leaving the fields unmanned for half-an-hour.
The storage shed holding the two ride-ons, worth $5000 each, and a push mower worth $700, was left unlocked.
Mr Hines said the club would struggle to keep their pristine, privately-owned field maintained without the ride-on mowers.
He is calling for anyone who saw two cars leaving the grounds around 8.30am yesterday to come forward.
"It's disappointing that someone is watching the fields. We struggle for every dollar we get," he said.
With matches scheduled for this weekend, Mr Hines said they had to rely on someone's generosity for a loaned ride-on.