COMMENTATOR Jonathan Agnew was the guest speaker at Henley Cricket Club’s annual sportsman’s dinner.
More than 200 guests attended the event at Phyllis Court Club on Friday, which also included a fund-raising auction.
Agnew talked about his career as a bowler with Leicestershire and England before he became the BBC’s radio cricket correspondent and a commentator on Test Match Special. He spoke for more than half an hour and then answered questions from diners.
The auction, with lots including 10 days at a private island villa in Thailand, was hosted by former Warwickshire and England batsman Andy Lloyd.
The event raised more than £15,000 which will help pay off a loan from Henley Town Council that the club took out to buy its Brakspear ground in 2005. David Winter, the club’s fund-raising chairman, said: “This was our 10th sportsman’s dinner and arguably the best in terms of speaker, atmosphere and enjoyment — a really great evening.”
He thanked businesses and friends of the club who had donated auction lots.
More photos from the dinner will appear in next week’s Henley Standard.