Lord's Taverners celebrate 65th anniversary in Antigua

The Lord's Taverners team lined up ahead of the T20 match
The Lord's Taverners team lined up ahead of the T20 match
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The Lord's Taverners celebrated their 65th anniversary by going on tour to Antigua with a team of celebrities as well as current and former professional cricketers.

McBusted's Harry Judd, BBC presenter Mark Chapman and former England captain Mike Gatting were among the charity XI side which defeated Sir Viv Richards' XI.

They then handed over cricket kit to a local project as part of the Lord's Taverners new kit recycling scheme.

Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate played an integral role in ensuring the charity side came out on top of the Twenty20 match, by hitting an unbeaten 41 in 25 balls.

The Lord's Taverners scored 164 for five with Sir Viv's side managing 158 for nine in reply.

Highlights included Judd being bowled out by former West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh.

"I loved it, it was an amazing experience," Judd said.

"It was quite surreal keeping to Andy Caddick having grown up watching him play - he still has a lovely action.

"I enjoyed facing Sir Viv Richard’s son as well - he was quick but came nicely on to the bat. It was great to face Courtney Walsh until he got me out but there’s no shame in that!"

The Lord’s Taverners sports kit recycling scheme collects unwanted cricket, rugby and football kit to give to young people in the UK and abroad. 

It is just one of many different programmes and initiatives that the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity offers to ensure that disadvantaged and disabled people get a sporting chance.

Sir Viv Richards said: "Senator Colin James, in the ministry of sport will be circulating the kit and I will make sure it is heading in the right direction, I'm just looking forward to seeing the smiles on some of these kids’ faces with the donation from the Lord's Taverners Kit Recycling scheme.

"We are such a vibrant nation and donations like this go very far within our community so I would just like to thank the Lord's Taverners again for their support."

Cherrie Osborne, Director of Tourism, UK & Europe - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority added: "The people of Antigua and Barbuda are really passionate about cricket and we believe it’s the best place in the world for enthusiasts to indulge in their love of the sport.

"We were thrilled to host the Lord’s Taverners and welcome cricketing legends and fans alike to the gem of the Caribbean for the Anniversary Tour. The funds raised by the Lord’s Taverners will go a long way to supporting worthy local projects."

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