World Cup stars return to Home of Cricket for charity cook off

Fast bowler Mark Wood was crowned Chance to Dine champion as four of England’s ICC Cricket World Cup winning team returned to the site of their triumph to help raise vital funds for the national children’s charity Chance to Shine. Wood was joined by team-mates Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett and skipper Eoin Morgan who each prepared a course for guests in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground as part of the charity’s Chance to Dine event on Monday 2 September.

Eoin Morgan prepared a canapé course consisting of lemon solegoujons, smoked mackerel pâté and tomato bruschetta. The canapés were served in the historic MCC museum before guests moved through to sit down in the Long Room to try Mark Wood’s winning ham hock terrine with haggis, piccalilli and quail’s egg.

Surrey bowler Tom Curran took on the main course, preparing a roast sirloin beef accompanied by garlic cream-braised potatoes, green beans, carrots and a port jus. Liam Plunkett concluded the evening with a mandarin parfait served with a blood orange sorbet.







Chance to Shine Vice-President Mark Nicholas hosted the evening and was joined by three judges to critique the cricketing chef’s culinary efforts: The Times food critic Giles Coren, chef Ed Baines and three-time Chance to Dine winner Sir Alastair Cook. The 180 guests in the Long Room were then asked to rate each course with the winner being decided by their votes.

The evening was also attended by a group of Chance to Shine Street cricketers from a project in Croydon; the young fans got to meet their England heroes and had a photo with the ICC Cricket World Cup. Street cricket is an accessible version of the game that is played with a tapeball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape – and is suited to urban areas which lack green spaces.

Since 2005, the charity has given more than 4.5 million children in over 16,000 state schools the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket.

£6 pays for a child to receive 6 weeks of coaching in a state primary school, support today at


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