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Ex-England cricketer makes special appearance at Hampshire pub
HAMPSHIRE cricket fans were treated to an Ashes evening last week with a very special guest.
Former England cricketer Darren Gough entertained punters at the Thomas Lord pub in West Meon on the eve of the fourth test on Thursday (Aug 8).
The only player in the 20th century to take an Ashes hat-trick at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1999, former-fast bowler Mr Gough regaled the audience with stories from his illustrious career.
Long known for its association with cricket, the country pub was named after the founder of the prestigious playing ground Lord’s in St John’s Wood, who is buried just a few hundred yards from the pub.
Speaking from The Thomas Lord Mr Gough said: “It’s been a great evening and we couldn’t have been in a more perfect setting to be talking about the Ashes.
“I always enjoy getting to meet the fans and talk about the Ashes, there’s no rivalry like it in cricket and it seems to capture the public as much as it does the players.”
The pub also held a raffle for local charity Cash for Kids, with the audience raising £300 for the worthy cause.
Prizes included a VIP tour of Lords Cricket Ground, a voucher for two to dine at The Thomas Lord, a case of Punter Ale and a shirt signed by Darren Gough.
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