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.
In 1981 a young British Airways stewardess, on a stopover in Dhaka, looked around at the squalor and the street kids and decided she wanted to do something.
The upshot, with the support of the airline and many colleagues, was the Sreepur Village, opened in 1989. It is home to hundreds of destitute mothers and their children, and orphans as well, and has brought hope and chances - and sometimes university degrees - to generations of kids who would have otherwise had nothing.
Cricket has played a big part in Sreepur's life, particularly for the girls; one former villager is now close to selection for the Bangladesh women's team.
England's cricketers first visited Sreepur in 1998; five years later a boy in a T-shirt and shorts peppered Andrew Flintoff with tennis-ball bouncers; in 2016 the girls' team met the players in Dhaka.
Sreepur's fund-raising speciality has long been its Christmas cards, hand-made by the mothers, and sold in the UK. In 2010 The Guardian's money pages alerted the public to the fact that most charity cards only gave 10% of the proceeds back to the charity whereas the Sreepur cards offered 100%.
However, Sreepur now faces unprecedented difficulties: BA no longer flies to Dhaka and so that connection is fading; the price of rice has rocketed; and, of course, the pound no longer goes as far as it did, even in Bangladesh. The funding the girls' team has had for professional coaching is now in jeopardy.
Alternatively you can donate via https://www.sreepurvillage.org/ This site also gives details of The Big Give, which runs for a week from midday GMT next Tuesday. In that period all donations to Sreepur will receive matched funding that will double all gifts.
Many thanks and Happy Christmas.
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Following a meeting with Rupert Adams (pictured above, left) and Tony Rushmer, attended by myself and David Fulton on behalf of CWC, I am delighted to announce that William Hill have extended their long-running sponsorship of the Cricket Writers' Club into 2018, on the same financial level as before. This is excellent news for the club and I am sure I speak for all members when I reiterate how appreciative we are of William Hill's continued support.
As ever, I urge members to mention William Hill odds - and speciality bets - whenever relevant and appropriate in copy. These odds, as all members know, are sent out regularly by email and, additionally, Rupert Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) is always available to give any further information that is required with regards to Test, ODI, T20 and domestic cricket odds, or speciality bets.
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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Smile Group Travel - the Official Tour Partners of The Cricket Writers' Club - are offering a fantastic selection of tour packages for England's overseas tours in 2017. They offer the highest quality of tours, at the best price - every time.
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England's "Ashes" Tour of Australia with tour hosts Don Topley and Devon Malcolm November 2017 to January 2018
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