Lord’s Taverners enjoy another successful Cricket United Day
The Lord’s Taverners enjoyed another successful Cricket United Day as a part of the 100th test match to take place at the Kia Oval alongside Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund.
Each of the three charities had a beneficiary of the day, and the Lord’s Taverners beneficiary was Sam Alderson who lives with TAR syndrome, yet plays cricket from his knees and with a shortened bat thanks to support from the Lord’s Taverners.
Sam received a Cricket United cap as part of a special presentation at the start of the day’s play, which saw the English and South African players pose for a special two team photo. Before the game Sam also took part in the guard of honour that came before the start of play. Sam’s morning also included the chance to talk to Test Match Special live on air, where he got to meet heroes including Phil Tufnell.
England’s players had earlier donned Cricket-United-embroidered shirts as they attempted to end South Africa’s innings as quickly as possible, and though, through the grit of Temba Bavuma, the Proteas avoided the follow-on mark, England finished the innings well ahead of the game, with debutant Toby Roland-Jones taking the final wicket to register a five-wicket haul with his first-ever bowl in Test cricket. Roland-Jones’ shirt, and the shirts of all the England players, will be auctioned, starting on Sunday evening, with all proceeds being split between the three charities.
Cricket United Day would not have been such a success without the generosity of many, to whom we are very thankful. Sky and BBC Test Match Special donned bespoke blazers and ties made sure to mention and discuss the charities, and the doodles done by the players, which raised over £9,000 in total.
The Lord’s Taverners would like to say a massive thanks to the many volunteers gave their time on Saturday to rattle donation buckets and sell Cricket United merchandise. The day was also a success due to so many fans taking them up on the offer, parting ways with what change they had, or taking home a Cricket United Cap or mini-bat as a souvenir.