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 event will see another exceptional panel of former and current international cricketers, focusing on the highly anticipated Ashes clash Down Under against Australia over the UK winter months.
Record-breaking former England captain and 2005 Ashes hero Michael Vaughan will be joined by undisputed batting legend Graham Gooch and England’s new batting sensation Dom Sibley, whose has cemented his place at the top of the order after an excellent start. Representing Australia is prolific Australian batsman and former One Day International star Stuart Law, who will surely have some chastening opinions on England’s chances! Our host for the day is SKY Sports’ David Fulton, and with a delicious lunch and complimentary bar this is an Lord’s hospitality 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.
Dom Sibley: Starting out at Surrey, Dom first came to attention when he became the youngest player to make a double century Championship, repelling the Yorkshire attack at The Oval in compiling a mammoth 242! An old-fashioned opener with the appetite to bat all day, Sibley was the only man to score 1,000 Division One Championship runs in 2019, totalling 1324, with five centuries, five half-centuries and an average of 69.68 – a particularly impressive record in a season when ball dominated bat. He has been compared to Alastair Cook, as a technically gifted top-order player with a natural penchant for the legside and a willingness to grind out runs when the going gets tough. After receiving his call up to the England tours of New Zealand and South Africa, Dom has made a very promising start to his international Test career, particularly the match-winning 133 not out in the Second Test against South Africa to see England square the series. It seems certain this was just the first of many Test centuries for a player who has been destined for the top from an early age.
Michael Vaughan: Rightly credited as being one of the nation’s finest captains, Michael famously leading England to victory over a truly great Australian side during the 2005 Ashes series. A classically elegant right-hander, Michael was ranked one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/03 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs, including three centuries. Forging a successful England partnership with Marcus Trescothick, he captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, winning 26 (a national record) and losing 11; England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 summer under Vaughan, and the pinnacle of his captaincy career came with a 2–1 victory in the 2005 Ashes, England’s first Ashes victory for almost 20 years. In all, he appeared in 82 Tests with an average of 41.44, with a top score of 197 against India in 2002, and 18 centuries in total. Outside of cricket, Michael has also revealed his dancing talents, appearing in ‘Strictly Come Dancing in 2012!
Graham Gooch: Graham Gooch was the most prolific run scorer top-class cricket has ever seen. After he retired in 1997, the statistician Robert Brooke calculated that he had scored 22,211 runs in List A cricket which, added to his 44,846 first-class runs, put him ahead of the legendary Jack Hobbs. He was until recently England’s highest Test run-scorer, before being overtaken by his protégé Alastair Cook. Graham scored a total of 8900 Test runs at an average close to 43, with 20 centuries including the incredible 333 against India in 1990, in a match where he scored 123 in the second innings, make a world record 456 aggregate in a Test match. Many judges consider his 154 not out against the fearsome West Indies in 1991 as one of the greatest innings of all time as he carried his bat in a total of 252. Graham also played 125 ODIs with an average of 38, and an impressive 8 centuries. As an occasional medium pace bowler, he also chipped in with 59 international wickets across all formats.
Stuart Law: A run machine at domestic level with a First Class average over 50, Stuart was one of the most prolific batters of his era with over 40,000 runs to his name in all formats. At international level he played 54 ODIs for Australia between 1994 and 1999 with a highest score of 110 against Zimbabwe early in his career, scoring a further 7 half centuries and chipping in with 12 wickets with his occasional medium pace and off spin. He was in the Aussie team which performed so well at the 1996 Cricket World Cup, before losing to an Aravinda da Silva inspired Sri Lanka in the Final. Unlucky to play in an era of Australian batting brilliance he won only one Test cap against Sri Lanka in 1995, scoring 54 not out in his only innings, therefore holding the highly unusual distinction of being a Test batsman without a Test batting average! After retiring from playing Stuart became a top class coach, coaching Bangladesh, acting as batting coach for the Australian national team before a two year stint in charge of the West Indies team.
Dave Fulton: 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.
Seija Knight: Seija has performed many great venues including St Martin in Fields, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and The Barbican and has worked with the British Youth Opera, Opera della luna, Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Novella, ROH2 and Incognito Artists. She regularly performs across the world, highlights include a private soiree at The Ritz for Prince Albert of Monaco, the Diana Awards Charity event at 10 Downing Street and a concert for Chinese New Year with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. She has also sung national anthems for major rugby internationals at Twickenham and England matches at Wembley.