Baker Tilly 2012 celebrity cricket match at Cholmondeley Castle raises £20,000 for The Lord’s Taverners

5th Jul 2012
Baker Tilly 2012 celebrity cricket match at Cholmondeley Castle raises £20,000 for The Lord’s Taverners

The annual celebrity cricket match at Cholmondeley Castle, sponsored by Baker Tilly, was as usual, a blistering success in spite of the weather. Rain did stop play for 30 minutes during the late morning but after lunch guests were able to enjoy the match in bright sunshine.

The visitors were captained by former Lancashire and England cricketer, Mike Watkinson, while Chris England captained The Lord’s Taverners team that included TV presenter, Nick Hancock, president of the Northwest Lord’s Taverners. Both teams included celebrities from the worlds of cricket, football, TV, the stage, journalism and a host of Taverners. The celebs included Gordon Kennedy, of BBC’s Robin of Sherwood, Dean Andrews (Life on Mars), footballers Danny Higginbottom (Stoke City), Justin Walker (Nottingham Forest) and Steve Froggatt (ex-England and Aston Villa) plus Adam Partridge, auctioneer and star of TV’s Flog It.

Danny Higginbottom was the DTM legal man-of-the-match after catching Mike Watkinson. Chris England’s Taverners team just managed to knock of the 105 runs put up by Mike’s team to receive the trophy from Gary Carrington of Baker Tilly.

Adam Partridge conducted the auction, which included fantastic items, such as three nights’ accommodation in Paris and tickets to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for two people, donated by ITC, breakfast on the gallops at Manor House Stables, courtesy of the Owens family and Tom Dascombe, a signed England 1966 world cup shirt, a signed England cricket bat, a signed Australia cricket bat donated by Cricket Australia, tickets to the ODI at Old Trafford, plus a round of golf at Carden Park. The auction raised over £6,000.

German comedian Henning When had guests giggling at his very ‘different’ German humour.

Mark Fearnall, chairman of the Chester Lord’s Taverners and organiser of the event, thanked sponsors Baker Tilly for making the day possible. Mark said: “Over 320 guests enjoyed the day which was the seventh annual Lord’s Taverners celebrity cricket match at Cholmondeley Castle. The day seems to have set itself firmly in the Cheshire social calendar.”

Mark went on to thank Nick Hancock and his lovely wife, Shari, who as always, did a great job organising the players. Mark also said: “Without the help of Peter Willis and Arthur Jones from Cholmondeley Cricket Club the event could not take place. Georgia Morris is also a big help and my backbone, while Chris Talbot of The Lady Taverners is always there to lend a hand. We are already looking forward to Cholmondeley 2013.”

For more information please call Mark Fearnall on 07767 342 507 or Chris Talbot on 07780 994 721.

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