Alfreton Cricket Club’s new pavilion and refurbished club house has officially opened.
The opening is a culmination of several years of planning by the club involving the securing of grant funding from multiple local and national bodies.
Funding for the project came from various sources including Sport England, who awarded £48,600, The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded £35,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund, and the England and Wales Cricket Board, who awarded £24,653.
Alfreton Cricket Club chairman Chris Slater said: “We are delighted to have completed the redevelopment of the club’s facilities. It means the club can progress with its plans to establish the new facility as a valuable asset for the town and borough.
“On behalf of Alfreton Cricket Club I would like to thank all of our funders for the support they have shown us and to thank Nigel Mills for his personal support and for performing the official opening ceremony.”
Funders have been impressed with the club’s development plans which followed a period of consultation with the community and requests from sports clubs, community groups and local schools.
The clubs wanted to use the building as a base for activities such as orienteering and nature studies, but were constrained by the lack of facilities.
The club will be holding a series of open evening events with community groups that have expressed an interest to use the facility.
These events will help the club work with those groups to increase the use of the facility.
Alfreton’s mini-revival hit the skids on Saturday when they sank to an 83-run defeat to Ockbrook & Borrowash in the Derbyshire Premier.
Ockbrook batted first and posted 231-8 from their 50 overs, with Clarke (50), Keable (38), Connors (51) and Bird (32) top scoring for the hosts, who had challenged their opponents to score at a rate just over four-and-a-half runs from their 50 overs.
But Alfreton, who entered the game on the back of three positive results to climb away from the drop zone, were put under immense pressure from the Ockbrook attack.
Aspinall (33) and Savidge (31*) top scored for Alfreton who faced a bowling attack of Dean (4-33) and Wharton (3-25) in fine form for top of the table Ockbrook.