We are honoured to be hosting an event with many leading names from the cricketing community; our cricket-themed sporting dinner celebrates the launch of The Big Bike Ride 3, and we are thrilled to have a galaxy of cricketing stars coming to the event, before setting off on a 370 mile charity bike ride the following day. Former England opener, and 2005 Ashes heroes Marcus Trescothick and Matthew Hoggard, Kent and England stars Geraint Jones & Rob Key, Yorkshire & England Fast Bowler, Tim Bresnan and Glamorgan run machine Matthew Maynard, will be joined by a host of other players, before departing on the ride the next morning. The event will also include a delicious three course dinner, charity raffle and prize draw, and, all tables will have a cricketing personality available to sit with guests, including current and former international players and personalities.
About the Bike Ride & Dinner: As part of the Professional Cricketers Association’s (PCA) 50th anniversary celebrations the PCA Benevolent Fund and Tom Maynard Trust charities are going back on the road again - cycling from Edgbaston, Birmingham and finishing in Cardiff. This 5 day exciting challenge is raising funds for the two charities and we are delighted to be hosting the start of cycle tour dinner. Why not join the likes of Marcus Trescothick, Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, Geraint Jones, Rob Key, Matthew Maynard and many more, for a enthralling evening of cricket banter and anecdotes.
Marcus Trescothick: Somerset born and bred, Marcus is undoubtedly one of the great England openers, playing in 76 Tests and 123 One Day Internationals between 2000 and 2006. With 14 Test centuries and a Test average well into the 40s, Trescothick also hold a number of limited overs records, including the most ODI centuries with 12, and the most consecutive ODI appearances with 92. Remarkably, ‘Banger’ scored over 1000 Test runs in a calendar year for 3 consecutive years from 2003-2005, culminating in his superb performances in the 2005 Ashes series, which led to him being named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. Marcus has played for his beloved Somerset CCC for over 20 years, including as captain since 2010, and is rightly regarded as one of their all-time greatest batsmen.
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.
Geraint Jones: Another important player in the 2005 Ashes series, Geraint played a total of 34 Tests and 49 One Day Internationals for England. One of his most important innings was in partnership with Andrew Flintoff in the Fourth Test at Trent Bridge, when his 85 helped England to a great First Innings total of 477, in a match they ultimately went on to win in a tight finish by just 3 wickets. He also took the crucial catch which dismissed Michael Kasprowicz off the bowling of Harmison to win the Second Test of the series. Geraint also held the world record for the most consecutive Test innings before getting out for a duck, with 51 knocks.
Tim Bresnan: Last capped by England in 2015, Tim played regularly for his country in both Test and ODI formats for almost a decade, after making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka back in 2006 aged just 21. To date he has played 23 Tests and 85 ODIs, with 72 wickets at an average of under 33, and a useful batting average of over 26. Highlights of his international career include being an important part of two Ashes-winning sides in 2010/11 and 2013, and the 4-0 thrashing of India which saw England rise to the top of the world Test rankings. Still playing superbly for Yorkshire, there still a chance that 'Bres' may yet force his way back into the England set-up!
Rob Key: Recently retired from First Class cricket after opening the batting for his beloved Kent for over 15 years, Rob also represented the England Test side on fifteen occasions, including hitting a remarkable 221 against the West Indies in 2004. His domestic record was consistently excellent, with over 25,000 runs in all, and a First Class average well into the forties. Rob is now a regular analyst and commentator on Sky Sports’ coverage of county cricket, and is a studio pundit on the channel's coverage of international tours in the English close-season.
Matt Maynard: Currently Director of Cricket at Somerset CCC, former England international Matt scored almost 40,000 runs for Glamorgan in an incredible career spanning two decades. He was a prodigious run-scorer from an early age, scoring a century on his debut in 1985, and the following year becoming the youngest ever player to hit 1000 runs in a season for Glamorgan. He has represented England at Test level. Matt also devotes much of his time to the charity in the name of his son Tom, who sadly passed away in 2012.
Dave Fulton (Host): 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!