Worlington are set to mark their bicentennial year with a host of current and former players at a grand dinner next weekend.
The cricket club, formed back in 1814, will be joined by ex-England batsman Allan Lamb as a guest speaker at their clubhouse on Saturday, August 9.
Chairman Paul Marston has praised the people of Worlington for their support over the years ahead of the landmark event.
“There’s a good backbone at the club with a community that supports, not only the cricket, but all the social events that we put on too,” said Marston. “There have been highs and lows, which you get at any club.
“We started out as a typical village club and have developed and progressed throughout the 200 years.
“The club started in village green cricket and is now playing at the highest level in its history.”
Worlington were promoted as champions from the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two last year in style, winning 17 of their 22 matches in what was only their second season in the division.
The title-winning 2013 season also saw a number of club records broken, including Chris Baugh’s innings of 201 as the highest individual score in the club’s history.
Baugh also helped break the highest-ever partnership for Worlington with that double century combined with Graham Ford’s 100 to record 285 runs together.
However, George Pooley’s 10-26 against Freckenham in 1961 has lasted for more than 50 years as the best performance by a Worlington bowler.
The Street-based club have enjoyed varied success in their debut campaign in Division One this summer to be currently placed at seventh out of 12 teams in the Two Counties’ top division.
“We’ve played in the Two Counties League for the last 20 years and have progressed through the divisions to get to Division One this year,” said Marston. “And we’re holding our own and competing well so far in our first season at this level.”
Looking further ahead, Marston hopes the club can continue to progress and build a strong youth set-up to create a conveyor belt of talent for their senior teams.
“For me, the main goal is that the club will still be here in 100 years,” said the Worlington chairman. “And also to further develop our youth cricket which we have just started again from under-8s to under-15s.”
The night kicks-off at 7.30pm with a champagne reception before a two-course dinner and speeches from Lamb and other famous faces at the club.
A live band and disco concludes the night.
The night will also serve to say thanks to the people that have helped the club in the last 200 years.
“I’d like to thank everybody that is and has been involved at Worlington,” said Marston. “Especially our president and long-term groundsman Kenny Lucas.”
Tickets are still available and are priced at £50 and includes an entry to a prize draw for £500.
To book your place, call Marston on 07974 132613.