LREF Cricket Cup

Thursday 13 June
16:00 - 20:30
HAC Cricket Club

LREF is proud to announce the inaugural 2019 LREF Cricket Cup - bringing the property industry together to work towards ending youth homelessness.

Entries are now open for players to join the LREF charity cricket match, which will take place in the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company Cricket Club on the final afternoon of this year’s London Real Estate Forum, Thursday 13 June.
 
Two mixed teams will compete in a limited overs match for the LREF Cricket Cup.

Entries are open to players of all abilities by entering our ballot for places no later than 10 May.
 
Upon confirmation of entry, a fee of £300 for each player will be collected to go directly in support of LandAid and The Mayor of Islington’s chosen charity. All players will receive a complimentary one-day pass for Thursday 13 June (worth £495+VAT).

For more information, please contact events@pipers.co.uk.

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LREF Cricket Cup co-captains

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John Emburey

In the era before Shane Warne when spin bowling was on its uppers, John Emburey was perhaps the best offspinner in the world, which did not say much. He was tall with a classically looping action, and capable of getting huge amounts of bounce and away-drift. But his qualities were submerged amid the grim battles slow bowlers faced in the 1980s: uncongenial pitches and one-day cricket, which forced him to become primarily negative and defensive. He improvised more in his batting, in which he managed to score runs while infuriating bowlers by ignoring both footwork and backlift.

Always a willing talker and theorist, he was an excellent senior pro and a promising coach (though he was fired by Northamptonshire before returning home to Middlesex). Over-promoted to England captain for two Tests amid general chaos in 1988, he was fired as capriciously as he was appointed. Emburey was the only cricketer to go on both (1981-82 and 1989-90) England rebel tours to South Africa, and was instantly forgiven both times, which says much about attitudes at Lord's but something about the general esteem for his qualities.

 
 
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Gladstone Small

One of the most improbable-looking of all Test cricketers, Gladstone Small had his moment of glory to help England retain the Ashes in 1986-87. Small, a last-minute replacement, stunned a Boxing Day crowd of 58,000 at the MCG by splitting Australia's first innings wickets with Ian Botham. Small took 5 for 48 and Australia were rolled over for 141. When England won, Small was named Man of the Match, as much for his enthusiasm as anything: he was always a whole-hearted tryer, a committed team man and a delightful guy. Australia's discomfiture was increased by Small's strange build: seemingly without a neck, he walked around as though he still had a coat-hanger inside his jacket.

He came to England from Barbados just after his 14th birthday, the cut-off date for automatic qualification. However, the combination of his looks and his then-pair of nerdish specs made the Lord's registration committee think he had no chance of ever playing Test cricket anyway, so they let him through. In good times, Small might not have played for England; he was neither especially fast nor reliable, and early in his career was an infuriatingly regular no-baller. But he cut his run right down and settled for being predominately an outswing bowler, still hostile enough to worry even the best batsmen, as Australia found again a week after the MCG, when he whipped through the middle order in Sydney. Like most players of that era, he then drifted in and out of the England side but took eight wickets in the defeat at Bridgetown in 1989-90 and was still a key figure for Warwickshire in their all-conquering year of 1994.