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London, England – Thirty years after the legendary 1981 Ashes series, Lords is set to host a star studded evening of celebration for that summer’s turning point, the resignation of Ian Botham as England captain.

The black tie affair is to be held on 7th July, exact anniversary of the iconic moment when a walk back through silent MCC members after bagging a pair prompted the then England captain to jump before he was pushed.

The evening will include interviews with several surviving MCC members about their recollections of blanking the Somerset and England all-rounder, as well as an archive audio clip of Brian Johnson ignoring the snub with a detailed description of a Battenberg cake.

Event organiser, Lords head of corporate entertainment, Trevor Stevenson, is sure of the moment’s place in cricket history, “Ignoring Botham like that was a masterstroke that paved the way for Mike Brearley to return as captain. It led directly to English cricket’s finest hour during the following Test at Headingley. As well, unfortunately, as 30 years of increasingly ham-fisted attempts to put the series into context with that summer’s Royal Wedding.”

The dinner, featuring a main course of shoulder of beef served cold, will be held in the Lords Nursery Pavilion; tickets priced at £50, £450 for a table of ten.

Sir Ian Botham was knighted in 2007 and is unavailable to attend the event. He continues to be very excited about Royal Weddings.

 

In other news: The West Indies Cricket Board is considering hosting a test match in Rio de Janerio during that city’s carnival season. Said a spokesman for the board, “We’re trying to persuade Chris Gayle to return to the ranks and have decided to meet his demands half-way.”

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