FRINGFORD Cricket Club is celebrating one of the most important victories of its 110-year history after raising enough money to save its ground from the auction block.
The historic ground could have been sold to the highest bidder after the trust that owned it announced its intention to sell at the beginning of the year.
Villagers feared the land could be bought up for development.
But after paying a £9,000 deposit, the village was given first refusal if it could come up with £45,000 by the end of August.
Club supporters faced a tough challenge to meet the deadline.
But fundraising events and a £36,000 grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board have helped the club hit its target just weeks before the deadline.
Fringford Cricket Club treasurer Les Fagg said members would be celebrating at the annual President’s Day on Sunday, August 26.
He added: “It means a lot to the village, and, of course, the cricket club. The last thing we needed was to lose the ground.
“It’s a massive relief to everybody.”
The ground will now be controlled by club trustees for the benefit of the village.
Fundraising events included a sponsored walk by junior cricketers, a tandem parachute jump which raised £3,000, a sponsored 100-mile ride on an exercise bike, and a summer ball which raised £11,000.
Villagers also raised money at an event to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and at the Fringford Beer Festival in June.
Fringford Cricket Club is now welcoming views from interested parties over future uses for the cricket ground.