Graham Thorpe is a past cricketer for Surrey & England. he is the current England national batting coach
British born cricket speaker and player Graham Thorpe MBE began taking part in the sport at a young age, a natural right hander he trained himself to play with his left hand aged just six to stop his older brothers from bowling him out during their childhood games. Growing up to join both the Surrey and England cricket teams Thorpe played professionally for almost twenty years.
Retiring in 2005 Graham has since established himself as a sports speaker appearing at local and national cricketing and after dinner speaker events, his presentations covering not only his own experience as a cricket speaker and player but also his time off the pitch, in the dressing room and in the public eye.
Graham’s first game for England was in 1983 against Australia and his last in 2005 against Bangladesh. In his time he played in 100 test games, scoring an impressive 6700 runs, as well as being a regular for England in the One-Day games, playing 82 times and scoring over 2300 runs. He had a cricket career spanning over 17 years. He scored over 20,000 first class runs and over 10,000 in limited over games during his time in English cricket. Throughout his career he established himself as an astonishing batsmen and one of the biggest figures in the competition of the game.
Since his retirement Graham has taken up coaching at Surrey CC, along with some radio and television work. Graham has also expanded into the after dinner circuit, talking about his time as an International cricketer.
With an impressive background and sporting statistics Graham is an expert cricket speaker, taking part in exactly 100 Test Matches Graham is able to draw on both his own experience as a sportsman as well as his own personal passion and observations of the game he loves.
Graham Thorpe MBE has always been a popular player and remains much loved in his capacity as a sports speaker, coming out of retirement after family and marital problems in 2003 Graham was welcomed to his home ground of the Oval with a standing ovation in the England team’s Test Match game against South Africa.
Thorpe took permanent retirement in 2005 after the selection committee picked the South African born English player Kevin Pietersen MBE in place of him for the 2005 Ashes. Since then Graham has worked as a dedicated after dinner speaker, however he also worked as a summariser and cricket speaker for BBC radio and Sky Sports. Graham was awarded an MBE in 2006 for his services to British sports.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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