McKenzie and Davison to be reunited at Leics event

Leicestershire legends Garth McKenzie and Brian Davison will be reunited at a dinner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the county’s 1972 Benson and Hedges Cup triumph next month.

Batsman Davison and former Australia fast bowler McKenzie both played in the five-wicket victory over Yorkshire at Lord’s in July 1972 which brought Leicestershire their first major trophy.

The pair will be flying in from Australia to link up with their former county team-mates at the dinner at Leicester Tigers rugby ground at Welford Road on April 12.

Seven other members of Leicestershire’s successful side of 40 years ago have confirmed that they will attend including Ray Illingworth, their captain that day.

Paul Haywood, now Leicestershire’s chairman, will also be there along with Roger Tolchard, John Steele, Mick Norman, Ken Higgs and Terry Spencer. Barry Dudleston is unable to attend as he is away with ICC umpiring commitments.

The night will also be tinged with sadness as Chris Balderstone, who was man of the match in the 1972 final, died 12 years ago.

England national selector Geoff Miller will be the guest speaker while Illingworth, double Championship-winning captain James Whitaker and current county captain Matthew Hoggard will conduct a question and answer session.

The dinner will be staged in association with the Lord’s Taverners. Former Leicestershire players Jack Birkenshaw, Les Taylor, Nigel Briers, Dickie Bird, Jonathan Agnew and Paul Nixon will also be in attendance, along with former Leicestershire player David Constant, who was one of the umpires at Lord’s 40 years ago.

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