4 March, 2013
DUBAI, U.A.E.. 4th March 2013: Yesterday, saw The Lord’s Taverners – a team of cricket greats dedicated to giving disadvantaged children a sporting chance – triumph over the local Fly Emirates XI team in their annual two-match series at 7he Sevens.
On the first day of play, The Lord’s Taverners beat Fly Emirates XI by 219 runs to 88. Following, The Lord’s Taverners won the second match of the fixture by eight wickets, bowling out Fly Emirates XI for 97 runs over 24 overs.
“We have a really strong team this year, demonstrated by the score,” said Chris Tarrant, presenter of the UK’s ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ who was Master of Ceremonies at the fixture’s annual dinner held following the first match. Mr. Tarrant added, “I’ve enjoyed supporting this year, cheering on The Lord’s Taverners during the fixture and helping to raise awareness of the cause we all believe in.”
Concluding the two-match series, The Lord’s Taverners won 2-0. In the history of the fixture, this result places them two points behind the Fly Emirates XI team who lead overall with a score of 14-12. Commenting on the result, Sir Maurice Flanagan, Emirates Executive Vice Chairman Emirates Airline and Group, said, “This year The Lord’s Taverners impressed spectators with their fast bowling and top batting scores to retain the trophy. It is a pleasure to continually see these talented players, and others, making their mark here at 7he Sevens throughout the year’s sporting calendar.”
The highest scorer this year was Scott Styris recording 110 runs alone for The Lord’s Taverners during the first day of play. Ahead of traveling to South Africa for his next match representing New Zealand, Mr. Styris said, “This fixture was a great opportunity for me to warm up at a fantastic facility and against a good side ahead my next T20 match.” “The Lord’s Taverners was made up of players at the prime of their career and provided a challenging opposition for Fly Emirates XI," he added.
On their quest to support disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK and abroad, The Lord’s Taverners visited Al Noor Centre for Children with Special Needs in Dubai today before flying home with the trophy in-hand. On this visit, they were warmly welcomed by both staff and children. The team toured the centre and had the opportunity to spend time with a number of children who were keen to meet the visiting cricket stars.
While in Dubai, the team also led a cricket coaching session for budding young players in the UAE. Commenting on these efforts, Styris added, “Our trip would not have been complete without running the coaching session and making a visit to Al Noor Centre for Children with Special Needs – for us it’s all about inspiring the younger generation and giving them a chance to shine.”