As the Lady Taverners turned up in pink, the guys also obliged and played with their pink balls!!!! Wow don't panic.... nothing naughty here, we are talking about playing Cricket..... what else??
It was the weekend of the annual Lady Taverner's Cricket Tournament at the La Manga Resort and while the ladies looked stunning and very elegant in their pink jackets, 6 teams battled it out over 3 days to see who would be crowned Lady Taverner's T 20 Champions 2014. The teams taking part were from Waltham CC, Barking CC, UK United Asians CC, Chester Boughton Hall CC, Sandiacre CC the National Club. Champions and The Spanish Academy.
Not only did all the teams play to win and claim the Champions Trophy but they also coveted the honor of playing against the Lady Taverner's Legends select X1 led this year by ex England Cricketer Andy Caddick and Captain Neal Radford in the absence of Mike Gatting.
From the first to the last day the teams provided some exciting and thrillling finishes, playing with their 'Pink' cricket balls. The Spanish Academy held their own against some top quality sides and delivered some tense closely finished contests to the enjoyment of the spectators and even beat the final champions Waltham CC in the earlier rounds.
There were some fantastic individual performances from Syed Kazmi (Waltham) Bowler of Tournament, Goodwin (CBH) 118 runs and from our Spanish Academy, Tanveer 4 wkts for 10 runs, G Compton 7 for 26 and Armaghan Khan 105 runs for which he earned title Batsman of Tournament.
Waltham finished sunday afternoon on top of the table and were crowned Winners of the T20 Tournament 2014. For this achievement they had the privilege of playing the Legends Select X1 Captained by Neal Radford with Gus Mackay and including Andy Caddick, Sam Billings, Hamish Marshall, Steve Kirby, and Paul Bedford in his team. Waltham's players faced the electric pace of Andy Caddick, who steamed in and had them hoping around the crease, he's still got it in him and no doubt he was taking it easy!!!
However, the final battle winners were Waltham CC who made 135 in their overs against the Legends 125 runs. Congratulations to team Waltham CC.
The Lord's and Lady Taverner's Charity is the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to "Giving young people a sporting chance". With this in mind, on sunday morning these experienced cricketers provided a very usefull training and coaching session for our local youngsters and our would be stars of the future.
Another well organised and supported event concluded on Sunday night with a Gala dinner for Taverner's Cricketers and Golfers and while guests tucked into their meal, they were entertained by guest speakers. Chris Cowdrey Master of Ceromonies and Auctioneer extraordinaire, led the way to raising a grand total of £9000 on the night.
The monies raised for the charity is still coming in and the amount is now closer to £12000 for this very worthwhile cause.
The organisers would like to thank all the Supporters, Ron Graham Tournament Referee and everyone involved and look forward to another successfull event in 2015.
For information on the Taverner's Charity no. 306054, see facebook or twitter@ LordsTaverners or firstname.lastname@example.org