The Lords Taverners welcomed 400 guests who gathered in the sunshine at Cholmondeley Castle Cricket Club for their annual celebrity cricket match.
It was the ninth year the event has taken place – over the years it has built up a great following, putting it high on the Cheshire social calendar.
Celebrities attending this year included Nick Hancock, North West president of the Lords Taverners, who captained the Lords Taverners team.
TV presenter Nick Knowles captained the visitors’ team.
Team members included BBC Sports presenter Mike Bushel, ex-England cricketer Gladstone Small, Mike Watkinson of Lancashire Cricket Club, Kim Barnett ex-England and Derbyshire. Don Goodman, former Wolves and West Brom footballer now Sky Sports presenter, Gus McKay, ex-Zimbabwe player, former Stoke player Rory Delap, Neal Radford, former England and Worcs, auctioneer Adam Partridge, Antiques Roadshow and Flog It, Coronation Street’s Charlie Lawson.
Nick Hancock’s team emerged the winners with a score of 127-2 off 27 overs.
Nick Knowles’ team went down with a score of 125-9 off 30 overs.
Man of the Match was auctioneer Adam Partridge with writer Chris England having a Champagne moment, with a brilliant catch at third slip to dismiss Nick Knowles.
Chester chairman Mark Fearnall said: “It is always a fantastic occasion for celebrities, players, guests and the organisers.
“We have great team of who have worked together for the past nine years, added to which the magic of Cholmondeley Castle Cricket ground, probably the prettiest ground in the country, and this certainly helps us sell the tickets, which in turn raises money for the much needed mini-buses, quick cricket sets, sports wheelchairs and all weather turf mats, the Lords and Lady Taverners are able to provide for schools hospices.”
Si Lees-Jones, North West president of the Lords Taverners, thanked all the guests for supporting the celebrity cricket match and for raising the grand total of about £30,000.
Chris Talbot of The National Council of Lady Taverners said: “It is great we are able to invite some of the recipients of the mini-buses, this year we had Catherine Lewis from the Russett School in Weaverham who spoke about what her new bus has meant to the staff and young people enabling them to get about.”