Lord's Taverners North West Region celebrate 12th Anniversary of Celebrity Cricket Match and Lunch at Cholmondeley Castle

6th Oct 2017

This Summer saw the 12th Annual Celebrity Cricket Match in aid of the Lord’s Taverners take place at the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle on a day when the sun actually shone ! Spearheaded by Mark Fearnall and his unending energy; the event is now preparing for its 13th Year in 2018. The monies raised so far are well in excess of £500,000 which has funded over 12 specially adapted minibuses and much more besides in the form of wheelchairs for basketball and athletics and cricket equipment for inner city and deprived areas.

The celebrity squad, was once again ably mustered and led by Nick Hancock, who never fails each year to put his wholehearted support into the event – along with his fabulous wife, Shari. After the Main Sponsor, Si Lees-Jones of JW Lees Brewery oversaw the Toss, the match got underway. There were some excellent performances from BBC TV’s Mike Bushell and ex England and Lancashire Cricketer, Mike Watkinson proved a mighty force still.

Actor and Taverner, Gordon Kennedy showed a competitive spirit bowling with pace and accuracy and Radio 5 Live’s Jonathan Legard showed great elegance with the bat. Neal Radford, ex England and Worcestershire, bragging that he was soon to turn 60, defied his age with another sterling performance and maintains the look and fitness of a man 15 years younger – well that’s what many of the ladies in the crowd said ! Adam Partridge, an ever present at the event, contributed on and off the field, bringing his usual enthusiasm not only to his game, but also with the gavel as our regular Auctioneer.

Over 400 supporters enjoyed an excellent lunch provided by Chester Racecourse’s ‘Horseradish Catering’, and the brilliant Dave Sharp, “speed artist”, who dynamically and theatrically entertained the crowd. Dominic Tinner, Head of the Seashell Trust (formerly the Cheadle School for the Deaf), gave the attendees an insight in the work that they do and how they have benefitted from the minibuses that they have recently received. 'Our wonderful new minibus is literally the lifeline to our local community for our children and young people. As many of them live with us it means that they can access a whole host of activities in the community and shopping, activities that they would struggle to get to without a wheelchair accessible vehicle'.

The event has raised close to £40,000 this year thanks to JW Lees and Cruise Nightclub in particular and Prizes galore were handed out at Tea by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin who watched her husband play again in the match. Mark Fearnall concluded that “'We are delighted that the event continues to attract such loyal local and regional support and that the local schools benefit directly from the fundraising that we do'. 

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