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26th September 2011 16:35, in Cricket News

Twenty two of the world’s greatest living fast bowlers came to London this week in support of cricket’s favourite charity, The Lord’s Taverners, for a series of special events that will never again be repeated – and Gunn & Moore were on hand to help.

Glenn McGrath

Twenty two of the world’s greatest living fast bowlers came to London this week in support of cricket’s favourite charity, The Lord’s Taverners, for a series of special events that will never again be repeated – and Gunn & Moore were on hand to help.

In a busy week of activities across the capital, the legendary pacemen visited the spiritual home of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground, on Tuesday before joining a Street Elite coaching session at the Archbishop Tenison’s School in Lambeth on Wednesday. Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Devon Malcolm, Sir Richard Hadlee and Makhaya Ntini spent the morning passing on tips to the pupils who, despite going to school in the shadows of The Oval, have very little access to cricket or outdoor sports.

Having been let down by an existing supplier for branded cricket shirts for the event, Gunn & Moore rose to the challenge at short notice and provided the Lord’s Taverners with cricket shirts to be worn by the great fast bowlers at the Street Elite coaching session..

Speaking after the Archbishop Tenison’s School coaching session, Glenn McGrath, who played in 124 Test matches for Australia and has taken more test wickets than any other fast bowler, said, "It’s been good fun today. We've given these kids a few tips on bowling action as we've done quite a bit of it ourselves so it's nice to pass that on! You can see they’re really enjoying it, you just can't stop them.

"The Lord's Taverners do a lot of great work getting young people more involved in sport so we are more than happy to do our bit with them.

“I can't think of another occasion when all of these guys have been together at the same time. It's amazing to look around, especially with the older fast bowlers; players that I really looked up to all the time when I started in the game, real legends of cricket."

On Wednesday evening the bowlers turned out in force for the Macquarie Fast Bowlers Dinner, helping to raise an astonishing £100,000 for The Lord’s Taverners. Over 900 cricket fans gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Guests were treated to five Q&A sessions including each of the 22 bowlers, plus some of the batsmen who had the unenviable task of facing them at the crease during their playing careers, while Sir Ian Botham, Dennis Lillee and Brett Lee all sent video messages.

Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, The Lord’s Taverners said, “The issue of providing youngsters with access to sport has never been more pressing. Recent government cuts meant there is going to be a shortfall in local council funding of £100 million for youth initiatives so it’s vital that projects like Street Elite are supported and can reach out to local communities throughout the country.

“We thank both our star fast bowlers and corporate sponsors like Gunn & Moore for their support.”

the fast bowlers who attended are:

Alan Davidson (Aus)
Glenn McGrath (Aus)
Jeff Thomson (Aus)
Andrew Caddick (Eng)
Darren Gough (Eng)
Devon Malcolm (Eng)
John Snow (Eng)
Bob Willis (Eng)
Sir Richard Hadlee (NZ)
Mike Procter (SA)
Makhaya Ntini (SA)
Clive Rice (SA)
Curtly Ambrose (WI)
Colin Croft (WI)
Andy Roberts (WI)
Courtney Walsh (WI)
Joel Garner (WI)
Charlie Griffith (WI)
Wes Hall (WI)
Sir Garry Sobers (WI)
Michael Holding (WI)
Kapil Dev (Ind)

For further information on the Lords Taverners visit their website.

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