They were winners on the pitch, but more importantly Aldwick Cricket Club and the community were huge winners off it as the Fredricks-Knight pavilion officially opened its doors last Sunday.
The sunshine shone and, despite a chilly wind, more than 300 people flocked to see what the club had to offer and they were not disappointed.
The pavillion was officially opened by Arun District Council representative Paul Broggi, who was instrumental in the building being built, alongside vice- chairman of the 1st Central Cricket League, Mark Jeffries, Mick Fredricks, Ian Guppy and Jim Smith.
Ian paid tribute to all who had helped make the grand opening possible, with fears that the club may fold after the events more than two years earlier when the club lost everything in an arson attack.
He also paid tribute to former player Ryan Purvis, who passed away 18 months ago, with Ryan being immortalised in the mural the club had commissioned by local artist Chloe Dowsett.
The children’s cricket taster session was well attended, showing what Aldwick Cricket Club will be offering on Thursday evenings in May, June and July as part of the ECB All Stars campaign.
Bognor Regis Town FC mascot Rocky the Bear won the mascot race by a paw ahead of Sussex CCC’s Sid the Shark, with Twinkle, the ECB All Stars mascot, being the star of the show.
On the pitch, Aldwick CC triumphed against a Sussex Cricket Foundation XI with Ed White unbeaten on 61 and Ian Horner scoring a blistering 44 as they chased down the target of 176 with an over spare.
Ian added: “The day will probably go down as the biggest in the club’s history. A day that we opened that doors to the community and a day that will hopefully set us up to literally rise from the ashes.”