Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams arranged for Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s championship winning squad to meet the Prime Minister for drinks in Number 10 Downing Street before joining MP’s in Parliament where they also met 12 year old Zak Raynor from Chapel Haddlesey.
The 2014 county champions also got to meet the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace where captain Andrew Gale was presented with the championship trophy. Following their visit to the Palace, the team and group of officials which included Dickie Bird, dashed over to Downing Street where they caught up with Nigel Adams and the Prime Minister in the famous Cabinet Room in Number 10.
“This visit tops the lot,” said Dickie, the legendary former umpire and current Yorkshire County Cricket Club president, “It’s one of the happiest and proudest days of my life.”
Prime Minister David Cameron is a keen cricketer himself and was very pleased to get his hands on the famous trophy saying: “You have been magnificent all season and I am pleased to be meeting several of the greatest living Yorkshiremen all in one room!”
Following the reception in Downing Street, Nigel, who is a former member of Yorkshire’s committee, led the 50 strong party of players, coaches and staff to Parliament where he had organised a celebration in the grand apartments of the Commons speaker, John Bercow, who also got to congratulate the players alongside other Yorkshire MP’s.
It was also a big day for 12 year old Zak Raynor and his family from Chapel Haddlesey who were invited to Parliament by Nigel Adams following Zak’s success in fundraising for Martin House children’s hospice. Prior to meeting the cricketers, Zak, his brother Joseph, mum and dad took a tour of Parliament and even got to see their MP in the commons chamber from a special viewing gallery.
Nigel Adams said: “It was a great evening celebrating Yorkshire’s success and I was particularly pleased to invite young Zak and his family to meet the players. He is a young man who has faced such difficulty throughout his life but he’s a star and his smile lit up Parliament”
Zak filled his autograph book with signatures including the whole Yorkshire team, Dickie Bird, Look North’s Harry Gration, MP’s and the Speaker.
It was a proud day, too, for Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie, an Australian paying his first visit to the working headquarters of the British monarchy.
“I want to thank Nigel for organising the visits, it was a wonderful experience, which we won’t forget” he said.