The eighth day of our two-week look back at the local sporting high points of 2014 features a memorable day for Selsey and its cricket club - when Lashings All-Stars came to town.
It really was the day the stars came out at Selsey – in a way Sir Patrick Moore would surely have appreciated. Not only the stars – of international cricket, that is – but the sun too. It shone from dawn to dusk as the recreation ground became home for the day to players more used to plying their trade at Lord’s.
Selsey had never seen anything like it, and probably never will again. And the end result was not only a day the community will talk about for years to come but thousands of pounds raised for good causes, including the cricket club itself.
The visit of the Lashings All-Stars, a grand collection of past and present Test and one-day international players from home and abroad, took months of planning and one stage was in doubt because organisers were not selling enough tables for the marquee lunch that was the curtain-raiser to the cricket.
But Selsey and its people are not ones for giving up easily and sell those tables they did to ensure the likes of Gordon Greenidge, Herschelle Gibbs, Saqlain Mushtaq, John Lever, Owais Shah and others could visit and treat the locals to a memorable day.
Tomorrow: Kingman reigns in the Sussex Stakes