Thursday, 13 December 2018

Tuffers delivers record dinner turnout

ENGLAND cricket legend Phil Tufnell was the guest speaker at a sportsman’s dinner in Henley.

ENGLAND cricket legend Phil Tufnell was the guest speaker at a sportsman’s dinner in Henley.

The event, organised by Henley Cricket Club, welcomed 240 guests to Phyllis Court Club on Friday.

Tufnell told the

Henley Standard
a friend had invited him adding: “The club is obviously doing very well. They are putting a lot of effort into it all and seeing the fruits of their labour as well so I think it’s great.



“I played for my local club when I was growing up. It was a great focus for the community and long may it continue.”

Tufnell, who was interviewed by broadcaster Ralph Dellor after the meal, said beforehand he didn’t know what questions would be asked.

“Best when fresh,” Tufnell explained. “That’s how I used to play cricket and that’s how I’ll be attacking tonight!”

The 49-year-old is currently in the United Arab Emirates commentating on the first test between England and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. “I’m sure they’ll go with two spinners,” he said on Friday. “I think it will be a fantastic season and something always seems to happen when we play Pakistan.”

David Winter, the chairman of the club’s fund-raising and sponsorship committee, said the turnout was the best it had ever had.

“Tuffers was just brilliant. Whilst he was a fantastic spin bowler, by his own admission he was a useless batsman and the Australian and West Indies fast bowlers used to take great delight in frightening the life out of him but he told this in a very humorous way.”



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