Gloucestershire Exiles launched their 2018 programme of events with another successful and enjoyable dinner in the prestigious Committee Dining Room at Lord’s. With a backdrop of a floodlit Media Centre, Exiles chair Sarah Blowen welcomed guests to the bi-annual event.
Present from Bristol were Gloucestershire Chief Executive Will Brown, Head Coach Richard Dawson and Club Chairman Roger Cooke, along with Rex Body and David Jones.
The event has a history of attracting high-class speakers and this year’s Guest of Honour was Tom Harrison, Chief Executive of the ECB. He spoke openly and candidly about a number of topics concerning the future of cricket in England and Wales, including the introduction in 2020 of the new T20 franchise tournament.
There was also a major announcement from him that funds are to be made available for a campaign to attract a further 2 million active participants to the game in the coming years. One of Tom’s highlights of the 2017 season had been the success of the Women’s World Cup, a sentiment which met with great approval from the guests. And there was the bonus of England winning the event.
During the evening Exiles Treasurer Jon Paine, the event organiser, presented a cheque for £2,000 to Roger Cooke, a reflection of the part-fundraising, part-social role the Exiles carry out in supporting Gloucestershire cricket. The Lord’s Dinner itself is likely to raise another £3,500 for the club.
The Exiles will be back at Lord’s on March 15th for their AGM. Further details of the event are available from Nigel Dean at: email@example.com