It's Strictly Come Cricket at Wormsley as stars raise money for the Taverners
The glitter ball was swapped for the cricketing version yesterday at Wormsley Cricket Ground, which saw an epic clash between a Strictly Come Dancing XI and the Lord’s Taverners XI. The match which starred dancers and their celebrity counterparts was won by the Strictly Come Dancing XI by 40 runs.
Current judges on the show, Darcey Bussell and Len Goodman would have been proud of professional dancing star Brendan Cole and former celebrity contestant Victoria Pendleton as they waltzed between the wickets helping the Strictly XI towards a total of 170. However, it was former dancer Conrad Murray who impressed judges on the day – umpires Ray Julian, John Price and Randell Herwood – after top scoring with 40 runs for the Strictly XI in their allotted 20 overs, which ultimately set up victory for the visitors.
Celebrity players included, former England cricketers Matthew Hoggard, Andy Caddick and Paul Taylor, Cricket AM presenter Matt Floyd, Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer, plus many more guests.
Other highlights included Cricket AM presenter Matt Floyd top scoring (84) for the Lord’s Taverners XI before being run out by the editor of the Cricketer magazine, Andrew Miller. Former England opening bowler Matthew Hoggard took it upon himself to make a rare appearance behind the stumps as wicket keeper. But it was Victoria Pendleton who took the ‘Man of the Match’ honour, awarded not only due to her wearing one of the Strictly Come Dancing dresses for the auction to help raise funds for the cause, but also due to a brilliant fielding display and a ‘not-out’ on her debut with the bat.
Aside from the match there were lots of activities for the spectators, including a unique Getty Images library tour experience, which was kindly sponsored by Pan Macmillan, and a Q&A session with Strictly costume designers, DSI with a number of their dresses on show. The traditional cricket lunch and tea was provided by Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts.
Strictly star Brendan Cole, commented: “It was great to get my whites back on today for the Lord’s Taverners and share the floor with some cricketing greats at the same time. Cricket players have always done well on the show, and it was good to see that the roles were reversed a bit today! It was a fantastic day and a pleasure to be a part of it!”