Never mind the racing! Who’ll win the cricket prize at Glorious Goodwood?

Cricket on the pitch in front of Goodwood House   Picture by Malcolm Wells
Cricket on the pitch in front of Goodwood House Picture by Malcolm Wells

IT’S not just horse racing that will pull in the crowds during glorious Goodwood – there’s the small matter of a cricket match for people to watch after the first day’s races.

Once again Lord March’s Racing XI will take on a Lord’s Taverner’s XI in front of the magnificent Goodwood House.

The game will be 20 overs per side and will start around 30 minutes after the last race on Tuesday. The match has been organised by the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading charity cricket club, who help give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance.

Lord March’s Racing XI will be captained by regular player Johnno Spence of JSC Sport.

Jump racing is well-represented in the team by West Sussex trainer Nick Gifford and Grand National-winning jockey Marcus Armytage.

The team also include a number of other trainers such as West Sussex-based William Knight, Charlie Hills and Ed Dunlop, who has had success with horses such as Ouija Board and Court Masterpiece at Glorious over the years.

The youngest team member at 20 is Henry Lascelles, son of Hugo Lascelles, racing manager to Lady Bamford and owner of Lofts Hall Stud. Oli Bell, frontman of dedicated racing channel Racing UK, will be making his debut in the Racing XI side along with Ollie Fowlston, auctioneer for Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock sales company.

Bookmaker Coral will be represented by director of communications Simon Clare and Channel 4 Racing’s Carl Hicks, executive producer for the show, completes what looks to be another strong winning team.

The Lord’s Taverners, who were defeated in 2012, look like a formidable team who are ready to regain winning status. Their highly-talented side includes former England Test batsman Chris Cowdrey and Andrew Caddick, the former Somerset and England bowler who boasts 234 Test match wickets, including 13 five-wicket hauls.

Another source of wickets is bound to be Martyn Ball who, like Caddick, has been involved in the national side. Next on the teamsheet is Neil Smith, an England and Warwickshire all-rounder, and Gus Mackay, who played for Zimbabwe in 2000-2001 during their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Also playing is Mike Tredgett, a world badminton champion, and Felix Francis, who is responsible for continuing the series of successful racing thrillers started by his father Dick.

The cricket match is free to attend and will follow a full card of racing action on the first day of Glorious Goodwood. Tickets for the racing start at £14 – email ticket.office@goodwood.com or call 01243 216610 to book.