Cricketing Legend Alec 'The Gaffer' Stewart confirmed for NCU Annual Dinner

15 May 2013

‘The Gaffer’, Alec Stewart, has been confirmed as the Guest Speaker for the Northern Cricket Union’s (NCU) Annual Dinner to be held on Saturday 5 October 2013, in the Holiday Inn, Belfast.

Former England Captain, Alec Stewart, who made his debut for Surrey in 1981, earned his reputation as an aggressive opening batsman and occasional wicket keeper and made his England debut in the 1989/90 tour of the West Indies. His highest test score was 190 against Pakistan at Edgbaston in 1992 and in 1994 became only the seventh Englishman to score centuries in both innings of a test match, scoring 118 and 143 to help England beat the West Indies at their Bridgetown fortress for the first time since 1935. He is the most capped English cricketer of all time in Test matches and finished his career with an average of 39.54.

Alec Stewart also holds the distinction of playing for Surrey against Ireland at the Kensington Oval in August 1981, when the Ireland team included none other than NCU President, Chris Harte.

Following the confirmation of Alec as Guest Speaker, Bryan Milford, General Secretary, NCU, said: “We are delighted to have Alex Stewart as our guest speaker at the Annual Dinner. He has plenty to draw on from his vast playing experience and more latterly with the cricket media. I know he will be a popular choice and am sure our clubs will respond by being represented in numbers at the Dinner.”

The NCU Annual Dinner is a celebration of the cricketing season past where league trophies will be presented along with the News Letter team of the year announced and an opportunity for cricketing friendships to be built on. The addition of Alec Stewart as Guest Speaker will be an excellent addition to the night as he regales us with tales from his cricketing past.

The Union looks forward to seeing as many of our cricketing family as possible at the annual dinner.

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