The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
Our mission is to enhance the lives if disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation.
Our programmes support some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK. We create a range of opportunities for young people from deprived areas and those with disabilities to engage in sport and recreational activities in their local communities.
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The media world was shocked on March 12 to learn of the death of Dave Callaghan, who gave website ball-by-ball coverage of all of Yorkshire County Cricket Club's first team matches for Radio Leeds. He died following a heart attack three days earlier.
Dave, a full member of The Cricket Writers' Club, was also a much valued member of the Dinner sub-committee, and at the Club's awards lunch in 2016 he did a question-and-answer session with Australian Jason Gillespie who was about to end his five-year association with Yorkshire which saw them win the County Championship in two consecutive seasons.
CWC President and Yorkshire cricket writer, David Warner, paying tribute to Dave, said: "His sudden and untimely death has come as a terrible shock to me and my heart goes out to his wife, Pat, and their family.
"In all of my 44 seasons of covering Yorkshire cricket, I have not come across a more likable or friendly colleague who was a larger than life figure and who was a consummate professional.
"He was superbly suited to his earlier roles as Radio Leeds sports editor before joining the Rugby League for a while but he it was when he began covering Yorkshire CCC home and away that he found his perfect niche in life.
"When the BBC local radio stations began their ball-by-ball coverage of County Cricket I wondered if the long hours and total commitment which was necessary would prove too arduous for Dave, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
"He relished the challenge and was absolutely brilliant, not only giving day-long live commentary but also cutting in several times each hour to serve the local radio stations throughout Yorkshire.
"Dave led the way and his expertise was admired by colleagues doing a similar job with other counties around the country.
"Both the media and Yorkshire County Cricket Club have lost a dear friend whom it will be virtually impossible to replace but it must be of some comfort to all who knew him that he went out at the very top of his game.
"Dave's death is also deeply felt by Yorkshire scorer, John Potter, and the three of us had many a happy evening together when Yorkshire were playing at away venues."
"'He was the life and soul of any gathering and was respected by all of the players that he was so closely connected with,' said John."
SIR TREVOR MCDONALD IS NEW PRESIDENT OF THE LORD'S TAVERNERS
Sir Trevor McDonald has been named as the next President of the Lord's Taverners, succeeding fellow broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson who has enjoyed a successful three years in the role.
Sir Trevor will become the 39th Lord's Taverners President and he joins a stellar list of sporting and entertainment personalities in the presidential seat who have led the charity in its work to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation.
On his upcoming role, Sir Trevor McDonald said: "I am immensely proud to be the President of the Lord's Taverners. The charity has a great tradition of its love for cricket and the importance of charitable work connected with this great game. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of all the great Presidents before me, including Sir Michael Parkinson, who served with such distinction."
Outgoing President Sir Michael Parkinson, a long-standing CWC member, said: "The Presidency gave me a chance to appreciate the wonderful work done by our charity particularly among those who need most help, children with special needs and particular requirements.
"I would also like to welcome Sir Trevor McDonald as the next President. He has a deep love and understanding of cricket and his career as a broadcaster has been a distinguished and fascinating one. I hope he enjoys the task as much as I have."
Lord's Taverners Chairman David Collier added: "We are deeply grateful to our outgoing President Sir Michael Parkinson who has been an outstanding President and Ambassador for the charity. The charity could not be more delighted to announce that Sir Trevor McDonald has agreed to become our President.
"His presence and experience will be invaluable to the charity as we seek to expand our support of disadvantaged and disabled young people during his Presidency."
Mark Baldwin writes:
I said 12 months ago at the AGM, at Edgbaston, that we were starting a new era as a Club and - a year on - I am very happy to have been able to mark this year's AGM at Trent Bridge by reporting that we have made an extremely good start to that new era.
David ‘Plum' Warner has given CWC weighty service during his five years as President, and has been the soundest of sounding boards for me. I would like to congratulate Plum on the way he has carried out his duties, and for supporting the Club so well during his time in office. I know Plum is delighted that Mike Selvey has accepted the Committee's invitation to succeed Plum as our President and, personally, I look forward to having Selve's wise counsel at close hand in my final year as Chairman.
Besides the appointment of Selve as President, which was ratified by AGM, I was pleased also to announce at Trent Bridge that Ali Martin and Richard Gibson have both accepted invitations to join a newly-expanded Committee, along with William Powell, who has worked hard for the Club for many years in various capacities and was brought on to the Committee at our March meeting. I look forward to having both Ali's and Richard's input during Committee business. The make-up of our Club Committee is now very strong and is rightly representative of many different areas of the cricket media and the younger age profile of our full-time working members
CWC ANNUAL LUNCHEON 2018
Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 at 12:00 for 13:15 Jumeirah Carlton Tower Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY
TICKETS Media table of 10 = £950.00 Individual Member = £75.00 First guest (i.e. non-Member) = £75.00 Subsequent guests = £90.00 Teetotal ticket = £60.00
Please note that for this year you should send the order form to Shipla Patel at 8 Frinton Court, Hardwick Green, Ealing, London W13 8DW or email email@example.com
a) remember to fill in any alternative food requirements b) do not send money at this stage, please wait for Marcus Hook to invoice you and pay promptly c) please adhere to CWC policy that tickets must be paid for prior to the Lunch and not on the day.
12/01/2018: ODI Series - Can England Dominate?
Following the disastrous Ashes series, it will come as no surprise that England are the 19/10 outsiders for the ODI series. Australia are 2/5 to win the series and it is 9/1 that they do so 5-0. That said, England are 6/4 to win the first ODI and it is 6/1 that Joe Root top scores in an England victory.
“England are a good one day side and the odds might just be underestimating their chances,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
First ODI: 8/15 Australia, 6/4 England 9/2 Steve Smith Top Score In Aussie Victory 6/1 Joe Root Top Score In England Victory Century Scored In Match: 8/13 Yes, 6/5 No
Series Betting: 2/5 Australia, 19/10 England
Series Correct Score: 13/8 Australia 3-2, 5/2 Australia 4-1, 9/1 Australia 5-0 5/2 England 3-2, 9/1 England 4-1, 40/1 England 5-0.
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