The Lord’s Taverners v Warwick School CC
Warwick School, Warwickshire
Manager: Neil Smith
Administrator: Lord’s Taverners West Midlands Region
26 over a-side match
Warwick School: 168 - 9 (26 overs)
The Lord’s Taverners: 169 - 7 (24.5 overs)
The fourth Warwick School v The Lord’s Taverners match was held on Sunday 1 July and again proved to be a very popular event, despite some thinking that wouldn’t be the case due to the Olympic Torch also making its appearance in Warwick the same day.
The marquee hosted 280 guests for lunch and tea and through the sponsors of Warwick School and the 3 main sponsors of the Taverners, Hilotherm, Brakes Trust and Bentley Birmingham, we hope to have raised in the region of £12,000 for the 2 charities, The Lord’s Taverners and The Goedgedacht Trust in South Africa, who will receive their donation during Warwick School’s tour to South Africa later this summer.
A great turn out of celebrities supported the event, including rugby union brothers Freddie and Manu Tuilagi, Charlie Dale (currently starring in casualty), comedian Miles Jupp, Warwickshire CCC Coach and England selector Ashley Giles, Warwickshire CCC players Jim Troughton, Tom Milnes & Neal Carter, medium pacer Alan Richardson of Worcestershire CCC, as well as a host of ex-professional cricketers (listed below).
The game was reduced to 26 overs a-side due to the torch passing, and it was the Warwick XI who got first use of the wicket. Batting first, Warwick reached a very respectable 168 with Manu Tuilagi smashing a quick 20 with Tom Milnes (40) and others chipping in. Ashley Giles also showed he still had it after rolling back the years to secure himself 3 wickets, while Tim Munton also starred in the field, taking 3 spectacular catches.
The Taverners innings started promisingly with the unusual combination of former England International, Giles, and stand-up comedian, Jupp, putting on 40 for the first wicket. Jupp travelled for 4 hours on the train up from Truro for this match, and it was worth the wait as he fulfilled his cricketing ambition of batting with his hero Ashley Giles and also played the shot of the day when he pulled off a Wally Hammond type cover drive. Dominic Ostler showed glimpses of his old talent compiling a classy 35 but it was Ashley Giles who guided the Taverners towards a well-deserved win, with a typically aggressive 60 before being stumped when within touching distance of the winning total. But this left the door open for someone else to be the hero and young Cameron Foster, who had been a torch bearer prior to the game, proved to be that man and he duly hit the winning runs with 7 balls and 3 wickets remaining to bring the Taverners victory on what was a hugely successful day.
Full list of players and guests:
Andy Gray (though he never actually got up from his table or put whites on!)
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