We are honoured to be hosting an event with one of the most star studded line-ups Cornwall has ever seen. The cricket-themed sporting dinner celebrates the launch of The Big Bike Ride 2, and we are thrilled to have a galaxy of cricketing stars coming to the event, before setting off on a 370 mile charity bike ride the following day. Former England captain Michael Vaughan will be joined by all-rounder Darren Gough on stage for an extensive interview, before another round of Q & A with Somerset and England stalwart Marcus Trescothick, fast bowler Steve Harmison and opener Matthew Maynard. The event will also include a delicious three course dinner, charity raffle and prize draw, and, all tables will have a cricketing personality available to sit with guests, including current and former international players and personalities.
About the Bike Ride and the dinner: This dinner will not only give guests the opportunity to meet and hear from some of the biggest names in cricket, but will also help to raise a significant amount of money for the Professional Cricketers Association Benevolent Fund, and the Tom Maynard Trust. All of our VIP guests, including our speakers, are taking part in The Big Bike Ride 2, which starts the very next day, and will take the 60 riders from Truro to the Kia Oval; the 370 mile ride will be split over 5 days, with stops at Somerset CCC, Hampshire CCC and Sussex CCC along the way, arriving in London on the 13th October. This is a fantastic fund-raising event, by coming to the Dinner all of our guests will be helping to support these worthy causes.
Our host for the evening is David Fulton: A right-handed batsman, David enjoyed a 15 year first class career with Kent, playing in 200 First Class matches with an average in the high 30s, and over 100 limited overs games. His best professional season came in 2001, when he scored an incredible 1892 First Class runs at an average of just under 76, a season which saw him named Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Since retiring from the game in 2006, David has forged a career as a cricket journalist, writing for the The Times, and appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage. In 1993 he took the catch to dismiss Viv Richards in his final First Class innings!
Michael Vaughan: Former England captain Michael Vaughan is rightly credited as being one of the nation’s finest captains, famously leading England to victory over a truly great Australian side during the 2005 Ashes series. A classically elegant right-hander, Michael led England to victory in 26 of his 51 Tests in charge, and remains England’s most successful captain in terms of overall victories. With 18 Test centuries he is high on the all time centurions list for England, including a brilliant 197 against India at Trent Bridge in 2002, and 166 against Australia at Old Trafford in the 2005 Ashes. Outside of cricket, proud Yorkshireman Michael has also revealed his dancing talents, appearing in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2012!
Darren Gough: Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Yorkshire legend Darren Gough was more often than not the spearhead of England's bowling attack, his whole-hearted displays attracting plaudits from colleagues across the sport. Prolific in all forms of the game, 'Goughie' took over 200 wickets in both Test and One Day formats, and often chipped in with the bat scoring useful runs from the lower order. Rarely without an opinion on sporting matters, Goughie is a regular presenter on Talksport, and is another ex-cricketer to have demonstrated his dancing skills to great effect, winning the 2005 series of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Lilia Kopylova.
Marcus Trescothick: Somerset born and bred, Marcus is unquestionably one of the great England openers, playing in 76 Tests and 123 One Day Internationals between 2000 and 2006. With 14 Test centuries and a Test average well into the 40s, ‘Banger’ scored over 1000 Test runs in a calendar year for 3 consecutive years from 2003-2005, culminating in his superb performances in the 2005 Ashes series, which led to him being named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Steve Harmison: A fearsome sight in full flight, Steve terrorised batsmen around the world during a career spanning 63 Tests and 58 One Day Internationals. With 226 Test victims, he features highly in the pantheon of English fast bowlers. Steve played a pivotal role in the 2005 Ashes victory, and in a series of many highlights and defining moments, his dismissal of Michael Kasprowicz in the Second Test at Edgbaston with the visitors needing two for victory, is regarded by many as the most important.
Geraint Jones: Another important player in the 2005 Ashes series, Geraint played one of his most important innings in partnership with Andrew Flintoff in the Fourth Test at Trent Bridge, when his 85 helped England to a great First Innings total of 477, in a match they ultimately went on to win in a tight finish. He also took the crucial catch which dismissed Michael Kasprowicz off the bowling of Harmison to win the pivotal Second Test of the series by just 2 runs.
Matt Maynard: Currently Director of Cricket at Somerset CCC, former England international Matt scored almost 40,000 runs for Glamorgan in an incredible career spanning two decades. He was a prodigious run-scorer from an early age, scoring a century on his debut in 1985, and the following year becoming the youngest ever player to hit 1000 runs in a season for Glamorgan. He has represented England at Test level. Matt also devotes much of his time to the charity in the name of his son Tom, who sadly passed away in 2012.
Rob Key: Still opening the batting for his beloved Kent at 35, Rob has also represented the England Test side on fifteen occasions, including hitting a remarkable 221 against the West Indies in 2004. His domestic record is excellent, with almost 25,000 runs in all, and a First Class average well into the forties. Rob is a regular commentator on Sky Sports’ coverage of county cricket, and is a studio pundit on the channel's coverage of international tours in the English close-season.
Gareth Batty: Current Surrey spinner Gareth is now approaching two decades in the professional game, and has represented England on numerous occasions in both Tests and ODIs.
Alistair Brown: Former Surrey batsman Ali scored over 30,000 runs in all formats during his career, including representing England 16 times in ODIs, with a high score of 118 against India.
Gavin Hamilton: All-rounder Gavin represented Scotland in 38 ODIs, including taking part in the 1999 World Cup; he also represented England in one Test, and Durham and Yorkshire in the domestic game.
James Harris: Middlesex bowler James is a hot prospect who has played for the England Lions, and in 2010 became the youngest player to take 100 wickets for Glamorgan, where he started his career.
Hamish Marshall: Hamish is performing well at his current county Gloucestershire, averaging over 50 last season opening the batting, and has 13 Test and 66 ODI caps for New Zealand to his name.
Stuart Meaker: Current Surrey fast bowler Stuart is one of the fastest bowlers in the country, with the ability to swing the ball both ways; he has represented England in both ODI and T20 matches.
Jason Ratcliffe: An all-rounder with both Warwickshire and Surrey, Jason now works with the PCA as their Deputy Chief Executive, helping to support current and former players.
Graham Napier: Essex all-rounder Graham has enjoyed a top career both here and in New Zealand, and although he sees himself more as a bowler, he has twice hit an incredible 16 sixes in one innings!
Stephen Peters: With over 15,000 runs to his name for Essex, Worcestershire and current club Northamptonshire, Stephen has a career high score of 222, along with another 21 centuries to his name.
Mark Wallace: Glamorgan player Mark is considered the club’s finest ever wicket-keeper/batsman, and in 2011 became the first wicket-keeper to score 1000 First Class runs in a season for the Welsh side.
Matt Coles: A fast bowler who has represented the England Lions, Matt is now back at his home county of Kent, having represented Hampshire last season. He has best bowling figures of 6-51, as well as a First Class century to his name.
Alan Fordham: Former Northamptonshire batsman Alan scored 25 centuries for the club, and has a First Class average of over 40, as well as being Man of the Match in the 1992 Natwest Trophy Final. Alan is currently Head of Cricket Operations at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
David Wigley: David played First Class cricket for Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Northamptonshire posting career best bowling figures of 6-42, before injury forced his early retirement in 2010.
All appearances are subject to final availability
Official sponsor: We are delighted to have Truro and Penwith College as our official sponsor for our Dinner to launch the Big Bike Ride 2.