After the stunning successes of previous Lord’s Hospitality Events, we are delighted to be again running our Long Room Lunch, in the hallowed environs of the spiritual ‘home of cricket’.
This year’s lunch will see another exceptional panel of former and current international cricketers, focusing on the highly anticipated summer of cricket and the upcoming IT20 World Cup in Australia. England’s One Day superstars and World Cup winners Jos Buttler & Jason Roy, will be joined by legendary England and Yorkshire all-rounder Darren Gough. Our host for the day is SKY Sports’ David Fulton, and with a delicious lunch and complimentary bar this is an event not to be missed.
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.
One of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket, Jos has been a key player for England for many years, including vice-captaining England’s superb World Cup-winning campaign in 2019. England have had many players down the ages who have gained world acclaim, but Jos Buttler is arguably our first global Twenty20 superstar. Buttler has helped bring England’s limited-overs batting into the 21st century, his impact on the one-day and T20 sides has been extraordinary. In an 18-month period from mid-2014, he scored what at the time were England’s three fastest one-day hundreds – thrilling innings against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, New Zealand at Edgbaston and, topping the list, a 46-ball onslaught against Pakistan in Dubai. He has made 148 ODI appearances at an average just under 40 with 9 centuries, 88 IT20 appearances at an average of 35, with a further 57 Test matches, averaging 32. Often the first choice wicket-keeper across formats, Jos has been a key player, with almost 300 England appearances in total. Jos was England’s player of the tournament in the run to the semi-finals of the IT20 World Cup, scoring 269 runs at an average of almost 90, including a stunning century against Sri Lanka to become the first Englishman to score a ton in all three formats.
One of the world’s most destructive short format openers, Jason averages over 40 in ODIs and 25 in IT20 with over 150 appearances across the two formats, with a further 5 Test caps. He holds the England record for highest ODI score with 180 against Australia during England’s 2018 tour and, along with Alex Hales, holds the record for highest ODI partnership with an incredible unbeaten 256 against Sri Lanka in 2016. A key player in England’s stunning 2019 World Cup triumph, Jason averaged 63.28 across the tournament, with only Ben Stokes finishing with a higher average. His 153 against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens was England’s highest individual score, and in one of the key moments of the final, he picked up and threw the final ball of the tournament in the super over to Jos Buttler to run out Martin Guptill and seal victory for the hosts as the nation held its breath! Recently Jason played in all but one of England’s six matches at the IT20 World Cup in a run to the semi-final, averaging over 30 and posting England’s second highest score of 61.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Yorkshire legend Darren Gough was more often than not the spearhead of England’s bowling attack, his whole-hearted displays attracting plaudits from colleagues across the sport. Prolific in all forms of the game, ‘Goughie’ took over 200 wickets in both Test and One Day formats, with 229 Test victims at an impressive 28.39 average, and 235 ODI wickets at 26.42, making him the second highest ODI and 9th highest Test match England wicket-taker. He also made useful contributions with the bat including 855 Test runs, with a best of 65. Rarely without an opinion on sporting matters, Goughie was a regular presenter on Talksport in partnership with Adrian Durham on the afternoon Drivetime show and is scheduled to feature on Sky cricket coverage across 2022. He has recently become Director of Cricket at Yorkshire CCC and is already doing an impressive job in rebuilding the club’s reputation following a difficult period.
A right-handed batsman, Dave 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, being crowned Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association. In 1993 he took the catch to dismiss Viv Richards in his final First-Class innings! Since retiring from the game in 2006, Dave has forged a career as a journalist, and appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage and as a Sky Sports News presenter.
Live Opera Singer: Kylie Watt
Australian spinto soprano Kylie Watt debuted at the Royal Opera House in December 2017 in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. For Valentine’s Day 2018 she performed for Rihanna and Prince Hassan Kameel for a private dinner for just the two of them. She has performed at Kensington Palace, for Princess Anne and Prince Michael of Kent. Her opera roles have included Leonore (Fidelio), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin). Kylie was vocal coach to James Corden and singing assistant to director David Frankel on feature film ‘One Chance’. In 2014 she was the singing advisor and conductor on set to Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan in the movie ‘Suffragette’. She recorded ‘Darn that dream’ in Abbey Road studios and then played the jazz singer in their big embassy scene. We very much look forward to welcoming the extremely talented, Kylie Watt to our 2022 Long Room Lunch!