A former England cricket captain was in attendance for the opening of a new pavilion at a Cotswold club.

Chipping Campden Cricket Club unveiled its new pavilion earlier this month, with Mike Gatting on hand to cut the ribbon.

The ex-Middlesex star opened the new facility before the club took on a team from the Marleybone Cricket Club, owner of Lord’s.

Commercial property agency Bromwich Hardy helped orchestrate the creation of the new pavilion.

Founding partner of the firm, Richard Hardy, said: “I was approached some years ago by the club’s chairman to find ways of replacing their dilapidated pavilion, which had been bought second hand in 1972.

“Fortunately, there was an area of land on the edge of the playing field which was surplus to requirements and after lengthy discussions with Cotswold District Council planning department, the English Cricket Board and Sport England, planning consent was granted for the construction of three detached houses, following which a sale was agreed to Wychwood Homes.

“The club decided that they had the resources and the membership to construct the pavilion themselves and I am delighted to see that the end result provides a really attractive facility that will hugely enhance the club not only as a cricketing facility, but also a social hub for the community.”

Chipping Campden CC chairman, Richard Postins, thanked Mr Hardy for his work.

“Without Richard Hardy, we would never have been able to bring our pavilion project to fruition,” he said.

“With his pragmatism, advice and a ready smile, he was able to help steer us to a successful conclusion.”