Wasps v Bedworth in a Twenty20 match
Date: 17 Jul 2018
Around 1,000 people and a host of Wasps stars turned out to mark the opening of the new pavilion at Bedworth Cricket Club.
Wasps took on Bedworth in a Twenty20 match at Miner’s Welfare Park, to celebrate the opening of the new £250,000 pavilion, which now boasts and additional three changing rooms, as well as a new bar and kitchen.
Despite the Black and Gold’s best efforts, they fell just short of toppling the home side, who recorded a tight 13-run victory.
Spectators were treated with a number of highlights, including an impressive 88 from Wasps hooker Tom Cruse.
Bedworth Cricket Club Chairman Ivor Richards was thoroughly impressed with Wasps prowess on the cricket field, and said it had been the perfect way to celebrate the occasion.
He said: “It’s a real credit to the players, the way they performed and the effort they gave was great to see. It made for a really entertaining day and I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“Everyone who attended really got involved in the spirit of the day. It was a fantastic way to kick-start a new era at the club. It is always great when you get an amazing crowd, and we’d love to do it again at some stage.”
The new pavilion was made possible by grants from Sport England, Warwickshire County Council, the English Cricket Board and WREN.
Wasps Owner Derek Richardson, who has been working closely with Richards in the build up to the event, added: “We always look to support efforts by the local community and the day really summed up what local sport is about.
“It was a fiercely contested game, it was great fun and it had strong support from local people. All of the lads who took part can come away from today with a huge sense of pride. Though the day was about fun and enjoyment, a few of our players showed they have more than one string to their sport bow.
“You could see how much everyone enjoyed it and we wish Ivor and the club all the best in the future.”
New signings Joe Atkinson, Michael Le Bourgeios, Ben Morris, Billy Searle and Kieran Brookes all featured in the squad, alongside Wasps regulars Jimmy Goperth, Josh Bassett, Craig Hampson, Rob Miller, Will Rowlands and Antonio Harris.