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Sir Viv hits em for six

Sir Viv hits & lsquo;em for six

West Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards hit dozens of businessmen for six when he was guest of honour at an event in Solihull.

Solihull Sporting Club’s event at St John’s Hotel, Warwick Road, saw Sir Vivian share the stage with Australian former cricket adversary Rodney Hogg. The pair kept more than 100 guests from across Birmingham and the West Midlandsentertained with tales from their illustrious careers.

Sir Vivian, KNH OBE, is an Antigua-born iconic sporting legend who was voted one of the five Cricketers of the Century in 2000 by a panel of 100 experts. He played in 121 Test Matches for the West Indies, nearly 200 one-day Internationals and helped his country to win the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975 and again four years later. He is also the only West Indies captain never to have lost a Test Series. He led the team for seven years.

The big-hitting batsman was joined in Solihull by former Australian cricket adversary Rodney Hogg. Capped 38 times in Test matches and over 70 one-day internationals as a fiery fast bowler, “Hoggie” is now well known as a corporate speaker, presenter and commentator. 

The event was hosted by former England rugby player David Duckham MBE, honorary president of the Wooden Spoon charity. Wooden Spoon, the charity of British and Irish rugby union, each year donates tens of thousands of pounds to help disabled and disadvantaged young people throughout the UK. He was joined by Wooden Spoon’s West Midlands regional chairman Phil Pemble, of employment experts Pertemps People Development Group who are big supporters of the charity.

Phil said: “It was fabulous to hear some of the highlights of Sir Vivian’s career and Hoggie’s take on some of their battles on the cricket pitch. These events are always very well supported and once again the support for Wooden Spoon is very encouraging.”

Comedian John Stiles added to the entertainment. Forever saddled with the burden of being the son of a famous father - football legend Nobby Stiles MBE - John also played professional football, principally with Leeds United, for five years. He eventually turned to the world of comedy where he has since established himself as one of the most popular and amusing raconteurs on the circuit. 


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