Leics to benefit from celebration of historic 1972 success

Leicestershire will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Benson and Hedges Cup win of 1972 as part of the county’s own benefit this year.

A celebratory dinner will be held at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road rugby ground on April 12 in association with the Lord’s Taverners charity.

The trophy was Leicestershire’s first major honour and already half the side that beat Yorkshire by five wickets at Lord’s in 1972 have agreed to attend.

Ray Illingworth, Leicestershire’s most successful captain, will be at the dinner along with Barry Dudleston, John Steele, Terry Spencer and current county chairman Paul Haywood.

Former Leicestershire player David Constant, who stood as one of the umpires in that game, has also confirmed his attendance at the dinner along with the former county all-rounder Jack Birkenshaw, now an ECB pitch liaison officer.

BBC cricket correspondent and Cricketer.com columnist Jonathan Agnew, legendary umpire Dickie Bird, former Foxes’ hero Paul Nixon and double County Championship-winner James Whitaker are among others attending an event at which England national selector Geoff Miller will be the guest speaker.

The dinner will be one of the highlights of Leicestershire’s benefit year which they hope will swell club funds with a projected target of between £40,000 and £50,000.

Other planned benefit events include a sponsored parachute jump at Langar airfield which Haywood, county youth coach Russell Cobb and physiotherapist Rob Leather will be taking part in.

A Leicestershire Past v Present Twenty20 match is also planned along with a golf day, a promises auction and a fashion show.

“We will be working with different local charities for different events and will be talking to them about that,” Haywood said.

“We want to make it a good anniversary year and want to increase the club’s finances. At the same time we want to take the club out into the community and the local game.”

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