The former Middlesex and England captain Sir Andrew Strauss showed all his class as he batted away a series of tough questions at SporTedd’s latest fundraising dinner at The Wharf riverside restaurant in Teddington.
Top cricket journalist James While quizzed the cricket legend, who was one of only three to win the Ashes both home and away, about his distinguished career including his sledging run-ins with the late, great Aussie spin bowler Shane Warne.
Andrew also offered his candid opinion on the upcoming Ashes series as well as some insights as to who might make the final selection. He also spent 45 minutes answering questions from guests.
Shortly before his departure he kindly signed a cardboard cut-out of his image which was won by Kevin Hamilton in the raffle.
Amongst the guests on the night were former ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison, who lives in Teddington and former England player Monty Panesar, who played for Twickenham CC while studying international sports journalism at St Mary’s University.
The latest dinner raised over £2000 for the community group which has donated nearly £70.000 to sports-themed projects across Richmond Borough and has attracted a series of top drawer guests including Tim Henman, Damon Hill, Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jason Leonard.
Latest grants include £1480 for goalkeeper kits for Teddington Hockey Club, a donation of £1100 was awarded to Lowther Primary School, Richmond for football equipment, a further £2000 went to Hampton Rangers Junior Football Club towards a new clubhouse, £650 to Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club for girls’ cricket clothing, £1788 to Heathfield Junior School for cricket helmets, bags and clothing and £1603 to Twickenham School to fund kit and equipment for various sports.
If you are interested in joining SporTedd and supporting this community initiative or if you are an organisation, a Club or a school which needs financial support. please contact us. More exciting events will be announced soon.