BRENTHAM CRICKET CLUB ANNUAL DINNER - FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020 7pm for 7.30 pm
After two years away, our Annual Dinner is back at the Brentham Club this year, with special guest speaker Mark Ramprakash, MBE.
The night will also see the 2019 season remembered with the presentation of Player of the Year awards for each XI, as well as the Young Player, Clubman, and Performance of the Year trophies.
Our guest speaker initially made his name playing for Middlesex, putting in a Man-of-the-Match performance as an 18-year-old during the 1988 NatWest Trophy Final, which Middlesex won, before selection for England aged 21.
Mark's 11-year test career brought 2350 runs at an average of 27. His first test century came in 1998 as he scored 154 against the West Indies in Bridgetown. The former-Bessborough colt registered his second test century in August 2001, making 133 against Australia at The Oval.
By then, Ramprakash called The Oval home following his switch across The Thames the previous winter. In 2003, Ramprakash became the first man to score a century against all 18 First Class counties before averaging more than 100 in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the only man ever to achieve that feat in consecutive seasons.
He was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2006 and retired six years later with nearly 36,000 runs, at an average of 53 to his name in First Class cricket.
He struck 114 centuries which is tied with Viv Richards for 15th in the all-time list. In List A cricket, he added another 13,000 runs at an average of more than 40.
Ramprakash won the County Championship twice with Middlesex (1990 and 1993) and once with Surrey in 2002.
In the winter of 2006-07 he hit the national headlines by winning Strictly Come Dancing, scoring a perfect 40 (10/10 from all four judges) for his salsa in the final.
Post playing, Ramprakash has acted as batting coach for England Lions, Middlesex, and most recently England.