Sir Ian Botham Confirmed as Speaker for 125th Anniversary Event20-Feb-2020 In great news for the club, Sir Ian Botham has been confirmed as our Special Guest Speaker at our 125th Anniversary Luncheon on the 12th March at Doltone House.
Lauded as one of the worlds greatest all rounders we very much look forward to listening to his reflections on a magnificent career, the modern game and talking about his favourite cricket team opponent: Australia!
Sir Ian will also pay tribute to one of WDCC/ESCC's favourite cricketers in Tony Greig.
Sir Ian Botham, affectionately nicknamed Beefy, is one of the greatest and most charismatic players in English cricket history. Botham's mantra was simple, he played hard on the field and played to win but always shared a drink with his competitors after the match.
Perhaps the best all-rounder the game has ever seen, in his 102 Test matches Botham scored 5000 runs, including 14 centuries, took 383 wickets, and 120 catches.
In the 1980s, Botham was the only genuine match winner England had in their side. Botham had an uncanny ability to turn a match single handedly with bat or ball. In the 1981 Ashes series he won two games in such fashion and many began referring to the series as Botham's Ashes.
He earned fame and attention in England, a country that at that time was starved of heroes but Botham always saved his best for his favourite opposition; Australia.
Botham won a lot of fans though his championing of the cause of Leukaemia and has raised over 30 million pounds by organising charity walks, in 2007 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 11 in recognition for his services to charity. In 2017 he brought his charity walk to Australia and New Zealand to raise funds for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation for his last ever series of walks.
Botham, a well-respected commentator for Sky Sports for over 25 years recently retired from the microphone and is now a fully fledged wine maker with his Botham branded wines becoming some the UK's most popular titles in their first year of production.
For bookings and to see Sir Ian at our 125th Anniversary Event see below
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Date: Thursday 30th July
Where: Margaret Whitlam Community Centre, Waverley Oval