On Friday 16th August 2013, I joined colleagues from Mansfield 103.2 Sport at a corporate event held at the John Fretwell Centre, the home of Welbeck Cricket Club. The event featured a cricket match between an England Legends XI and a Welbeck Invitational XI. The whole event was covered on Mansfield 103.2, who I have worked with on the cricket programmes.
I arrived at the event at around 12:45 and met up with fellow presenters and reporters from the radio station, who were already broadcasting. Shortly after arrival, we took our seats in the function room for a four course lunch. After being welcomed by Welbeck club officials, we tucked into an excellent meal consisting of melon for starters, salmon and a cheesecake desert.
An England Legend sat on each table, and we had former Lancashire player Neil Fairbrother on ours. He was chatty and seemed to be enjoying the occasion as much as us.
After lunch, Tony Delahunty of 103.2 hosted a question and answers session with Devon Malcolm and Adam Hollioake. Both cricketers were highly entertaining and raised a few laughs as they related stories of their cricketing careers.
There then followed an auction of sports memorabilia, the live auction of which was very successful, not so the silent auction which attracted only one bid among the twenty or so lots.
After the lunch, we all moved outside to watch the game, which inevitably resulted in a win for the Legends. The Legends team consisted of Dean Headley, Dominic Cork, Chris Schofield, Mark Ealham, Alex Tudor, Mal Loye, Geraint Jones, Andrew Caddick, together with Fairbrother, Malcolm and Hollioake.
During the game, 103.2 Sport broadcasted throughout and included interviews with many of the Legends, as well as Welbeck officials and sponsors. The radio coverage ended at 8:30 pm, and I took my leave as the band started their set.
- Fairbrother: Anderson will be walking on air (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- My Favourite Things.. Adam Hollioake (voiceofcricket.wordpress.com)