England cricketing legend Alistair Cook heading for hotel dinner date
A hotel’s timing is as good as England’s record run scorer Alistair Cook’s.
Having retired after 161 test matches and amassing 12,472 runs, the opening batsman is to appear at a question and answer date at Brome Grange Hotel.
“Yes, it’s quite a coup,” admitted general manager Julie Campbell.
Tickets for the dinner date on October 18 are selling fast and only a few at £35 were left on Wednesday, and two at £50 for the top table. The hotel is considering opening a waiting list in case it is able to extend the day to include a lunch as well.
The great England left-hander announced before the final test against India, which ended on Tuesday, that it would be his last.
He ended his England career by scoring 71 runs in the first innings and 147 more in the second, becoming one of a handful of batsmen to score centuries in his first and last tests.
During the test, Cook was watched by his young daughters and his wife, even though she was about to give birth to their third child, and received repeated ovations for his England records compiled over 12 years of non-stop cricket.
As well as top run scorer, he also captained the team for a record 59 matches.
He shared the applause with England’s James Anderson, who, during the match, became the top wicket-taking pace bowler – many of his victims caught by Cook fielding in the slips.
Cook will appear in at Brome Grange in conversation with Geoff Miller, another former test cricketer. Call 01379 870456 for tickets.