Landau treated like a Lord for the day

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Mark Landau had the experience of a lifetime after helping the Lord's Taverners celebrate 60 years on the main square at Lord's.

The MAL vice-captain was originally due to take part in the Hit for 60 event that was postponed due to a sponsorship shortfall.

Landau, 31, raised £500 to take part in a Diamond Jubilee eight-a-side competition.

Changing in the visitors' dressing room, Landau's team, Taverners Talent, were joined by Vince Wells, the former England and Kent batsman, and Chris White, the highly-regarded rugby referee.

Other ex-pros and celebrities on show included Mike Gatting and John Emburey, county pro Neil Smith, film director Sam Mendes, Chris Tarrant, and raconteur Bob 'The Cat' Bevan.

After the players received their briefing over breakfast in the Long Room from Mike Gatting, Landau found himself batting at three in the six-over-a-side format match. He was run out for nine in the opener.

He said: "I was very nervous, even though it was a charity match. In all honesty, if I had been out first ball I would have been equally pleased and proud." Landau kept wicket when it was his team's turn to field and helped them win.

Rested for the second match, Lancashire fan Landau returned for the final against Emburey's team. Having kept wicket in the first match, Landau bowled from the Pavilion End. After seeing the first delivery nicked through first slip for four, he erred in length, dropped one a bit short and was unceremoniously deposited into the Mound Stand for six.

Set 62 from six over to win, Landau came to the crease with his team requiring 11 from three balls. Landau said: "Visions of being a hero were going through my mind, but I was unable to wrest victory from the jaws of defeat as we could only scramble four runs.

"Again, any disappointment at losing the final was tempered by the fact that we had just played at Lord's. The cricket itself was followed by a champagne reception and dinner in the Long Room to cap off one of the most fantastic days of my life.

"The day raised lots of money for the Lord's Taverners, a worthy charity that uses sport, and cricket in particular, to help kids with special needs, and it shouldn't be forgotten that raising money for the charity was the main purpose of the day, notwithstanding the huge amount of fun that I had."

Last updated: 1:35pm, July 29 2010