A 158-year-old cricket club celebrated the completion of a new pavilion after its rise from the ashes of its razed original.

 overcame one of the toughest seasons in their history by raising funds to replace their Bushy Park clubhouse, destroyed by arson in 2010.

Members of the club were joined by Richmond mayor Councillor Meena Bond to mark the official re-opening of the new headquarters on Friday, June 7.

Coun Bond said: “I am delighted that the clubhouse has been restored and is once again at the heart of community life.

“Everyone has been so generous in their support and donations. The club is an outstanding part of the heritage of Bushy Park and it is wonderful that it is fully open again.”

Players were devastated by the blaze, which destroyed memorabilia including trophies, old scoreboards and pictures of cricket teams dating back to the 1920s.

They were determined not to let it be the end of the historic club and launched a successful fundraising campaign to raise more than £70,000.

Restoration project leader for the club John Kevin Rice said: “I’d like to thank the fantastic generosity of all those who contributed to the cost and supported the huge task of replacing of the clubhouse.

“We will continue to work with the local community and use the premises to support sport and community life in Hampton Hill.”

At the time of the fire, police believed it was started intentionally after a pile of papers were found in the doorway of the club and firefighters discovered someone had forced entry.