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The Governor tosses the coin at the annual Governor’s XI v The Lord’s Taverners cricket match at the WACA.

Cheering on the teams at the Governor’s XI v The Lord’s Taverners XI annual cricket match.

A day cheering on a great game of cricket at the WACA today, as the Governor attended the annual Governor’s XI v Lord’s Taverner’s XI match.

The Lord’s Taverner’s WA has been around in Western Australia since 1983 with it’s primary purpose today to provide financial support for young players who may not otherwise be able to play cricket or improve their cricket skills. They also raise vital funds to support players living with a disability to represent their state in the National Inclusion Championships.

In 2020 The Lord’s Taverners WA contributed in excess of $65,000 to 11 projects in WA aimed at giving young and disadvantaged people a sporting chance. These included coaching programs, funds for players to compete in a national Indoor cricket carnival for players with an intellectual disability, supporting indigenous players representing WA in the annual Imparja Cup Carnival in Alice Springs, coaching to help underprivileged youth develop their cricket skills, and sponsorship support for Blind Cricket Australia.

As Patron of both The Lord’s Taverner’s WA and the WACA the Governor was honoured to be asked to present the teams with their official caps, toss the coin and award the winning trophy.

The two teams comprised a mix of state, club and community players, as well as behind-the-scenes club volunteers who were stepping onto a cricket pitch for the first time.

Photo – The Governor’s XI led by Captain Millie Monaghan

Photo – The Lord’s Taverners XI led by Captain Sam Fanning.

The Governor’s XI, led by up and coming WA Female Academy player Millie Monaghan won the toss, electing to bat first and sending The Lord’s Taverners XI, led by young WA top order batsman Sam Fanning, into the field.

In a 20 over match played in great spirit the Governor’s XI came out on top making 149, whilst The Lord’s Taverners XI put up a valiant effort scoring 122.

Photo – The Governor presents the winners trophy to Governor’s XI Captain Millie Monaghan

“It is the ultimate all-inclusive event, a wonderful example of how this game offers opportunity to so many players who love their cricket. Thanks to The Lord Taverner’s WA for the wonderful work they do not just today but all year round and thanks to the WACA for putting this match on year after year,” said the Governor.

“It is a wonderful setting and I know the cricketers who normally don’t get a chance to play at the WACA appreciate enormously that they could add this to their list of cricket achievements, the fact that they played this distinguished game with a long history to it, at the home of cricket in Western Australia. I’m happy of course that my team won, but both teams were great and both were off the character befitting such a terrific event.”

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