Champions Annual Cricket Dinner with Ryan Sidebottom and Friends
Each year hundreds of fans of the beloved game gather together to celebrate with the legends, and last night was no different! The evening saw four hundred guests flock to the legendary Leicester City Football Club to celebrate the world of cricket with a glamorous black-tie event. After honouring David Gower OBE in 2017, the star for 2018 was Ryan Sidebottom, with a bevy of his closest cricketing friends. The proceedings were hosted once again by Cricket legend Geoff Miller OBE, truly making the night one to remember!
The Special Guests
- Acclaimed cricketer Geoff Miller OBE is one of the most respected players in English cricket, Miller has played the game for Derbyshire, Essex and England.
- Ryan Sidebottom who boasts a 20-year cricket career which saw him play for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire and represent England in 22 Tests, with last nights celebrations also falling on the 17th anniversary of his England Test Debut. Ryan has many notable achievements under his belt including assisting England in their 2010 ICC World Twenty20 win, winning five County Championships.
- One of England’s most successful international cricketers Matthew Hoggard joined in with the evening celebrations, he was one of the stars of the incredible 2005 Ashes series and remains in the top 10 list of all-time leading English Test bowlers with 248 wickets.
- Simon Jones fought back from a grievous career-threatening knee injury to become an integral member of England’s triumphant Ashes-winning team in 2005. Simon’s pace and mastery of reverse-swing carried him to 18 wickets at 21 in just four Tests.
Once again Leicester’s iconic venue; the King Power Stadium, set the stage for the glamorous gala. The home of the foxes was the perfect location for the event, guests were welcomed to a champagne reception upon arrival, giving guests a great opportunity to mingle with sports stars and business figures alike. The guests then took their seats in the spectacular main room where they were treated to a gourmet 3-course dinner provided by the amazing catering team at the King Power.
Alongside celebrating the beloved sport, the evening hosted a live auction offering amazing lots such as a 6-night stay at the 5* The Grove Resort and Spa in Orlando and 4 Full Hospitality tickets Bobby Moore Club Wembley tickets to the England v Nigeria.
Auctioneering for the night was former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond, with all the funds raised going to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, who care for young people suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and offer much-needed support for families.
Champions (UK) plc provide live and silent auctions for all types of events, offering bespoke prizes and memorabilia pieces to give your event that extra special touch. To find out more information about auctions contact Louisa Hayes on 08453 31 30 31. Or to hire an auctioneer contact Jack Hayes on 0207 1010 553.
With Champions (UK) plc Annual Cricket Dinner over for another year the events team are looking forward to the next event on the calendar. June will feature the Rainbows Annual Celebrity Charity Dinner hosted at the luxurious Dorchester Hotel in London. The night is another fantastic opportunity to raise much-needed funding for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, for whom Champions (UK) plc have raised £1,514,850 to date.