Ex-England player and Test selector Miller to speak at DSCT lunch

A long-standing supporter of the David Shepherd Cricket Trust will be guest of honour at a fund-raising lunch on behalf of the charity in Exeter.

Geoff Miller, the former Derbyshire and England all-rounder, was enrolled as an honorary member of the charity way back in 2012.

Miller was on a speaking assignment in Plymouth on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners cricket charity when he was approached by Shepherd Trust directors Jack Davey and the late Stuart Munday.

Miller left the speaking date as the newest member of the charity and was kitted out with the organisation’s tie.

Miller will be speaking at the DSCT’’s annual fund-raising luncheon in Exeter, which is being hosted at the Exeter Golf & Country Club on Friday, September 27.

Miller had a long career in the game with county and country, which lasted from 1976-1990. He appeared in 34 Tests, and 25 one-day internationals for England.

He was involved in one of the most dramatic finishes to a Test match when he pocketed a looping rebound off fellow slipper Chris Tavaré to dismiss last man Jeff Thompson and seal victory by three runs in the Boxing Day Test of 1982.

Miller played in three Ashes series and toured Pakistan and New Zealand with England.

After four seasons playing Minor Counties cricket for Derbyshire, which included a five-wicket haul against Devon at Bowdon in 1993, Miller became part of the England set-up. He was a selector from 2000-2008 and National Selector from 2008 until retirement in 2013.

Having had a career that extensive, Miller is bound to have plenty to talk about.

The dining room at Exeter Golf & Country Club has seating for 160 diners and tables of ten are already selling.

Devon County Cricket Club, Torquay CC, Devon County Seniors CC, , Kingsbridge Veterans, Tim Western and event sponsors Vospers Motor Retailers have already reserved tables.

Raffle prizes are already coming in and include a four-ball voucher for a round of golf donated by Exeter Golf & Country Club.

Lunch is a two-course affair and menu choices are (mains): roast pork tenderloin, swede fondant, apple puree, cabbage, bacon, glazed potato, black pudding and cider sauce or fillet of sea bream, crushed herb potatoes, leeks, baby turnips, chervil and mussel cream; deserts: treacle tart and vanilla cream or pear Crumble with stem ginger ice-cream.

Tickets are £40 per person or £400 for a table of 10.

To book a ticket or reserve a table, email (petershephard3@gmail.com) lunch organiser Peter Shephard or call him on 07974 045182.

Left to right are Jack Davey and Geoff Miller, who is receiving a DSCT tie