After the stunning successes of our previous events at Lords, 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 to be announced, focussing on another summer of quality cricket as England host the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Ireland across a range of international formats. World Cup winner and One Day vice-captain Jos Buttler represents England in all formats and is one of our most important stars.
He will be joined by England’s record-breaking 2005 Ashes-winning captain, Michael Vaughan, and England’s new batting sensation Dom Sibley, whose superb debut century in January against South Africa set up a memorable win. 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.
Jos Buttler: One of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, Jos has become a key player for England across all formats, 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. As a wicketkeeper Jos has become first choice in all formats, being behind the stumps for the recent series against New Zealand and South Africa. At Test level his batting has developed, reining in some of his swashbuckling tendencies when required in the long format, and with an average well into the thirties his place seems assured. With over 250 England appearances he is now a veteran at the ripe old age of 29, with many years of quality still to come!
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!
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.
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.