Antiguan Knights light up Birmingham
Wednesday of this week played host to an evening celebrating four of the best players to have played the game of cricket. The four Antiguan Knights: Sir Viv Richards, Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Andy Roberts and Sir Richie Richardson were the stars of the show at the West Midlands region Cricketing Knights dinner, on the eve of the historic first ever day/night test to be played in England, at Warwickshire’s Edgbaston stadium.
In the impressive banqueting suite at the ground Sky Sports’ David Gower was the evening’s Q&A host, a Q&A that shone light on the groundbreaking careers of the Antiguan Knights, and provided fascinating insight into the current state of West Indies cricket and the current Test series.
In terms of fundraising the evening was a huge success for the Lord’s Taverners, raising over £56,000. These valuable funds will enable the continued growth of national programmes such as Wicketz in the region, helping to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
Aside from the Knights, one of the most rousing moments of the evening came when Martin Darlow, Dan Wilson and Abdus Salaam from the Wicketz programme in Luton enlightened guests with personal stories of the transformational impact of the Wicketz programme throughout that particular hub since its inception two years ago.
Prior to the dinner, the Knights joined in at a Wicketz festival at the Edgbaston Foundation Sports Ground. This was a once in a lifetime experience for the Dudley, Redditch and Birmingham youngsters. Not only did they meet four legends of the game, but they were able to play alongside them and learn from them. It was also very encouraging to hear from the Knights about their really positive impressions of this cricket programme that is also a vehicle for social change.
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