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The English cricket season started in earnest over the Easter weekend, but for one cricket club, a computer calamity almost led...

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The English cricket season started in earnest over the Easter weekend, but for one cricket club, a computer calamity almost led to empty stands and a host of disgruntled members.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club's pre-season administrative tasks were thrown into chaos when police arrested John Grainger, the club's IT manager, for an "alleged computer-related crime", and seized hard discs and media storage devices.

A spokesman from Derbyshire police said, "We can confirm a 60-year-old Derby man was arrested on 15 April for an alleged computer-related crime. He was released without charge pending further investigations."

Although John Smedley, the club's chief executive, said it was a "personal matter for the individual concerned" and stressed the incident was not related to club business, there were wider ramifications.

The hardware seized by police included the club's membership database.

With £8,000 worth of renewals and new memberships to process and the new season just three days away, Derbyshire could have been left halfway up the wicket without a bat.

Fortunately, the membership database was returned and supporters were able to watch the opening game against Glamorgan, which ended in a draw.

As well as being IT manager, Grainger was responsible for membership, match tickets, the club website, publications and photography.

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