We are delighted to be running our annual Long Room Lunch, in the hallowed environs of the spiritual ‘home of cricket’. This year’s event will see our superb panel focussing on a summer of quality cricket as the ICC Champions Trophy takes place, followed by England hosting the touring South Africa and West Indies sides.We are thrilled to have a stunning line-up of guests including England's finest spinner Graeme Swann, legendary former South Africa captain and record-breaking opener Graeme Smith, and former England pacemen and 2005 Ashes-winning hero Matthew Hoggard! Our host for the day is SKY Sports’ David Fulton, and with a delicious lunch and complimentary bar, and a live performance from the supremely talented Amelia Whitman, this is a day that will live long in the memory for your clients and colleagues.
The Long Room at Lords: Renowned as “the most evocative four walls in the world of cricket”, the Long Room in the Lords Pavilion has been at the epicentre of the game for time immemorial. Artwork from across the centuries adorns every wall, with the haughty gazes of the likes of WG Grace and Sir Jack Hobbs mingling with more modern icons of the game, such as Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne. The service and catering in the Long Room are of the very highest calibre, as befits such a magnificent venue; you and your guests are sure to be enchanted by the whole experience.
Graeme Swann: Swanny is England’s greatest ever spin bowler. By the time of his retirement Graeme had taken 255 test match wickets at an average a fraction under 30 in 50 Test matches, the record for an England spinner. These fantastic bowling statistics are complimented with 1370 Test runs with the bat, at an average of 22.09 and 5 fifties; Swann often made an impact down the order, becoming a crucial part of an England team during a particularly successful few years. He was also highly successful in the ODI format, taking over 100 wickets at an average of under 28, and again making useful contributions with the bat. Not exactly a ‘shrinking violet’, Graeme is also one of English cricket’s biggest characters; he had the cricket world in fits of laughter with his 2010/11 Ashes Video tour diaries, and his ‘sprinkler dance’ as England won the Ashes in Australia! Graeme was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 2009 and won the World Twenty 20, which was England’s first ever ICC competition win, in 2010.
Graeme Smith: The most successful Test captain in history with 53 victories, and South Africa’s youngest ever captain at just 22, Graeme Smith’s achievements are astonishing. With 117 Tests to his name (108 as captain!), he averaged almost 50 with the bat, scoring 27 centuries and 38 fifties, with a high score of 277 against England in the First Test in 2003. Remarkably, he almost beat that mark in the Second Test of the same series, falling just short with 259, the highest score by a foreign player at Lords. In the ODI arena he was just as destructive, with almost 7000 runs in 197 matches at an average of nearly 40. One of his most celebrated feats was leading the Proteas to victory in the Test series in Australia in 2008, in the process inflicting the mighty Baggy Greens’ first home series defeat for 16 years! With many more highlights, it will be fascinating to hear from this legend of the game.
Matthew Hoggard: ‘Hoggy’ is one of English cricket’s true characters. Following his Test debut in June 2000 against the West Indies, he played 67 Tests for England, taking 248 wickets at 30.50. He will forever be celebrated as one of the ‘Fantastic Four’ pace bowlers in the legendary 2005 Ashes battle, combining with Flintoff, Harmison and Jones, with the ‘quickies’ taking an astonishing 75 wickets between them in the series. Hoggy spent most of his domestic career in his native Yorkshire at Headingley, before moving to Leicestershire in 2010, where he led the ‘Foxes’ to triumph in the Twenty 20 Cup in 2011. After being honoured with an MBE in January 2006, he was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year three months later, and remains one of the game’s most recognisable characters, with over 1000 domestic dismissals to his name.
David Fulton: A right-handed batsman, David enjoyed a 15 year first class career with Kent, playing in 200 First Class matches with an average in the high 30s, and over 100 limited overs games. His best professional season came in 2001, when he scored an incredible 1892 First Class runs at an average of just under 76, a season which saw him named Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Since retiring from the game in 2006, David has forged a career as a cricket journalist, writing for the The Times, and appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage. In 1993 he took the catch to dismiss Viv Richards in his final First Class innings!
Amelia Whiteman: After captivating guests at our event at the Long Room last year, we are thrilled to welcome Amelia back to entertain us once again. A classical crossover performer with a unique style and flair, you will be amazed by the uplifting talents of Amelia Whiteman. The beautiful classically trained singer has been entertaining audiences around the world for a number of years, putting a classical spin on contemporary hits, with stunning results.