Sunday 27th May 2012
Edwardian cricket team the Authors, which once featured the likes of PG Wodehouse and Arthur Conan Doyle, has been revived and now stars amongst others today’s best-selling writers Sebastian Faulks, Tom Holland and First Story founder William Fiennes. On Sunday 27th May they went head-to-head with the Lords and Commons CC at Sir Paul Getty’s Wormsley cricket ground, described by many as the most beautiful in England.
The London Evening Standard reported:
Literature v politics match ends in a draw
Never mind the Test match. Sir Paul Getty’s Wormsley cricket ground in Buckinghamshire was the scene of a splendid charity match yesterday between The Authors (who once featured P G Wodehouse and Conan Doyle, and now stars Sebastian Faulks, William Fiennes and Tom Holland) and The Lords and Commons Cricket Club.
The parliamentary team fielded half a dozen MPs including fast-bowling Jo Johnson, brother of Boris and MP for Orpington, who took two wickets, but included just one Lord: Edward (now Lord) Faulks, QC, elder brother of the author. Among spectators were Panama-hatted Jeremy Paxman, whose farmhouse is nearby; Jo Johnson’s wife, Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman, and his sister Rachel; and the Waldegrave family, as Katie Waldegrave runs First Story, which inspires literacy in schools, one of the two charities organising the event.
The contest came down to the final ball, ending in a draw. The rematch is already set for next year.
Proceeds were generously donated to First Story and Chance to Shine. We are hugely grateful to the Authors CC, the Lords & Commons CC and Wormsley for enabling this day.