Cricket: Sachin forces top umpire to miss Society dinner

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Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test match has robbed Sheffield Cricket Lovers Society of a major guest at next Monday’s Autumn dinner at Baldwin’s Omega.

When ICC Elite umpire Richard Kettleborough accepted the invitation, he had a free date in his diary. Then he was called up for the two-match series between India and the West Indies.

The Second Test this week - and Tendulkar’s historic final one - meant Kettleborough had to pull out of the event in his home city although some in the Society were hoping it might finish particularly early in the off-chance he could get back.

Also forced to withdraw has been Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale due to playing in Australia.

The event is to celebrate 150 years of Yorkshire cricket with the evening compered by Harry Gration. Other guests include Richard Barber, nephew of former Yorklshire captain A.T.Barber.

The Society’s next speaker evening sees Chris Watts and Steve Richardson from the ECB Anti-Corruption unit visit next Wednesday at Abbeydale.