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THE GREAT and the good of West Indian cricket gathered in London to support the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord’s Taverners, and the St John’s (Antigua) Anglican Cathedral Restoration Project.

Some of the most decorated names of West Indian cricket’s golden era were part of this special visit to pay tribute to the illustrious career of Sir Vivian Richards, including Sir Andy Roberts and Clive Lloyd among others.

The trip culminated in a dinner at the Home of Cricket – Lord’s Cricket Ground – where over 500 people raised nearly £100,000 for the two charities.

Preceding the dinner, Sir Vivian and his former team mates met some of the charity’s beneficiaries at the Kia Oval, where they were competing in the finals of the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships – a community sports initiative which provides regular year-round competition and coaching for young people with disabilities across London.

Supported by the Berkeley Foundation, the programme will engage over 1,000 young people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment and hearing impairment across 16 London boroughs in an innovative partnership with Essex, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey County Cricket Boards.

Three learning and physical disability cricket teams from Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Southwark took part in the 8-a-side competition at the Ken Barrington Centre, where the West Indies legends helped assess the players’ development ahead of the inaugural LTDCC annual awards evening on 9 October.

Sir Vivian Richards, said: “It’s not often I’m moved but this has been a truly special evening and something I won’t forget for a very, very long time. I’d like to thank everyone who has come here tonight and all the speakers for their incredibly kind words.”

PICTURED (from left): Colin Croft, Gordon Greenidge, Joel Garner, Sir Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd and Sir Andy Roberts at Lord’s Cricket Ground