Founders Day Celebrity Cricket Match
On a wonderfully sunny Founders Day at Lord's Nursery Ground we were delightfully entertained by the very first encounter between two hugely supported Celebrity Cricket Teams - the Lord's Taverners and Bunbury Cricket Club.
David English had arrived heavily armed with a host of professional cricketers and stars from stage and screen; winning the toss and electing for his Bunbury XVIII to bat first. In a thoroughly entertaining 25 over fixture, which followed the Founders Day Lunch, the crowd were treated to a high scoring contest with plenty of boundaries.
The Taverners XI took to the field with their newly capped Club Captain, the Taverners legend Chris Tarrant, leading them out. An all-England opening partnership, with both bat and ball, got the game off to a flying start with The Bunbury’s Joe Denly and Steve Finn winning the dual against Taverners Devon Malcolm and Joey Benjamin, before Denly was dismissed by Malcolm for 26. Finn went on to top score for The Bunbury’s with a fluid 79, setting a challenging target of 224 for 5. The highlights of the Taverners fielding display were two fine catches from Mark Alleyne, a wicket from debutant Julius Cowdrey and three wickets for the evergreen Taverners stalwart Neil Smith.
The Taverners innings got off to a very shaky start with the early dismissals of Gus MacKay and Toby Tarrant. However the ship was steadied by ex-Chelsea & Wales footballer Gareth Hall, with a dogged 21 runs, and ex-National Hunt Jockey Marcus Armytage, now a Daily Telegraph Journalist, with a “Mr Frisk” 32!!
The Taverners were really up against it at 52-3 from 15 overs and had really struggled to find what gaps there were in the Bunbury field. However the introduction of Talk Sport’s Andy Jacobs and the Lords Taverners chairman of cricket, Martyn Ball, began to provide a glimmer of hope for the Taverners XI. Two overs of Jacobs from the Pavilion End had the crowd ducking for cover, as Ball plundered the radio presenter into row Z, before another timely introduction. The double change by David English of Harry Potter’s Weasley twins (James & Oliver Phelps) saw the tide change once again, as they weaved their magic with Oliver picking up Ball for an express 88 with just a few overs remaining.
The fall of a few more wickets left Chris Tarrant and Julius Cowdrey stranded on just a couple each; and the Taverners well short at 177 for 5. A wonderful day was had by all and David English’s merry crew departed the home of cricket as victors!
Original event details:
The Lady Taverners are delighted to announce this historic match between Lord's Taverners XI and Bunbury Cricket Club celebrating the founding of the Lord's Taverners 64 years ago.
Come and join;
Chris Tarrant OBE - British radio and television broadcaster,
Phil Tufnell - TV presenter, England,
Andy Caddick - England,
Devon Malcolm - England,
Gus Mackay - Zimbabwe,
Greg James - Television presenter and BBC Radio 1 DJ,
Ollie & Jimmy Phelps - Harry Potter Weasley Twins,
Rudolph Walker OBE - Actor, Eastenders
Ben Lloyd-Hughes - Actor, Skins
Emily Berrington - Actress, Inbetweeners
Charlie Dale - Actor, Casualty
plus many more celebrities for a fantastic day at Lord's Cricket Ground.
The day includes a sparkling wine reception, two course buffet lunch, afternoon tea, historic cricket and fun entertainment throughout the event.
Don't miss this opportunity to get your tickets for a fun filled day with family and friends and witness the first game against the famous Bunbury Cricket Club.
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12.00 noon Reception
2.00pm Match commences
4.00pm Afternoon tea
6.30pm Close of play and Presentations
Tickets cost: £90 per person
The Nursery Ground,
Lord’s Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN
To book tickets please call 020 7025 0000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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