Westleigh Cricket Club on Saturday celebrated the opening of its new pavilion, replacing the original that was burned to the ground in September 2010.
The opening marked the end of a £30,000 project that had seen more than a year of fund raising and generous donations. Donors and supporters were among those witnessing the occasion and receive the thanks of the club for helping bring the project to fruition.
After a ribbon cutting by Pete Jeffery, one of the club’s founder players, members celebrated with a match between teams of players and old boys.
Westleigh Old Boys were put in to bat first and managed 148 all out, with James Ford scoring a customary half century. Wickets fell regularly, with Luke Landolfi taking four for the club team.
With Lee Farrant and Luke Purkiss taking the score past 100 for the loss of only one wicket, a comfortable victory looked on the cards for the Westleigh club team, but a collapse left them needing 12 runs with only two wickets remaining. Luckily club captain James Corry was at the crease and a huge six brought up a close fought victory.
Westleigh continued their good start to the season with a 21- run win over Salford University on Sunday and is now looking forward to the new 2012 season, with an invitation to spectators new and old to visit the club to enjoy its new facilities.