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.

For more information about the Lord’s Taverners, please visit
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Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 at 12:00 for 13:15
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY


Sponsor's table of 10 = £1,250.00
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



Asian Duck Salad with watermelon, cashews, mint and Thai basil

(V) Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables with smoked aubergine puree and pomegranate molasses.

Main Course:

Wild Sea Bass, langoustine tempure, spring onion and lemon risotto, lobster bisque


Loin of Highland Venison, shallot tatin, roasted salsify, pear puree, Somerset cider jus


(V) Thai Vegetable Curry with coconut and coriander rice, crispy shallot rings.


Classic Treacle Tart with lemon thyme and vanilla ice cream.

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

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.

JACK BAILEY 1930-2018

Jack Bailey, for many years a member of the Cricket Writers’ Club, died on July 14 at the age of 88.

He was best known as a former secretary and assistant secretary of MCC, but before going to Lord’s had written on cricket and rugby union for the Sunday Telegraph and, after his resignation from MCC in 1987, he wrote on county cricket for The Times and was a friendly colleague in press boxes around the country.

A fast-medium bowler, who represented Oxford University and Essex, he took 347 first-class wickets at the very decent average of 21.62 before retiring from the game before he had reached 30.

He served MCC as assistant secretary from 1967 until 1974, when he was appointed as secretary at a time when MCC also ran the international game. The Packer schism came on his watch, along with various other high-profile issues.

Jack Bailey's funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, 2nd August at All Saints Church, Croft Lane, Crondall, Farnham GU10 5QF. All are welcome to attend. For more details contact

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
20th July, 2018


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.

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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