OSWESTRY Cricket Club hosted one of Britain's most iconic sportsmen on Saturday night.

Lord Ian Botham treated club members and guests to a Q&A about his career.

Botham, nicknamed Beefy, is regarded as one of the world's greatest all-round cricketers, and an undoubted world class player in the England sides of the 1980s.

These days he is a member of the House of Lords and chairman of Durham County Cricket Club since 2017.


During the first half of the session he described how he went from nearly signing for Crystal Palace Football Club to instead playing for Somerset with Sir Vivian Richards for the first time at Bath.

He then regaled members on his illustrious career including of course his Ashes heroics.

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Following a short break, the audience was told of his role as a UK Trade Ambassador to Australia, his passion for and business interests in wine, Shane Warne's golfing exploits and his charitable work.

Earlier in the day he had taken part in a golf day at Llanymynech Golf Club with fans.

An Oswestry Cricket Club spokesman said: "The club is indebted to Mark Ball, for both organising and comparing the evening, in addition to arranging the golf day that was held with Lord Botham during the day at Llanymynech, and to Croft and Oaks Chartered Financial Planners who were the main sponsors of the evening."