Saturday 29 July sees Cricket United Day return to the Kia Oval, with the three biggest cricket charities in the country – Chance to Shine, Lord’s Taverners, and the PCA Benevolent Fund – coming together to change lives through cricket.
Coming together to change lives through cricket means Chance to Shine offering children an amazing opportunity to play cricket, the Lord’s Taverners giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance and the PCA Benevolent Fund helping former and current professional players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval, by offering wide-ranging support.
This year, we are also taking the chance to mark some special cricket anniversaries – the Kia Oval’s 100th Test, during which Cricket United Day falls, and the 60th birthday of Test Match Special.
We’ve always involved some sort of doodling in our fundraising efforts – cricket is a game which loves a draw, and this year we are inviting you to join Joe Root and Ben Stokes in creating some art of your own.
We’ve put together a list of some of the great players to have graced the Oval, many of whom reserved their best performances for this special ground. And we want you to draw them, in any way you see fit, whether that’s a faithful replication of their headshot below, or an impressionistic depiction of when they shone at the Oval.
Then you’ll send us your work of art on social media – you can tweet with the hashtag #OvalDoodle, or post on Instagram tagging in @cricketunited with the hashtag #OvalDoodle, or post your picture on our Facebook page, again with the hashtag #OvalDoodle, or even all three – and be entered into a draw to win a pretty special prize.
You could win: Two tickets to the Kia Oval to watch England take on South Africa on Cricket United Day itself, along with a trip to the Test Match Special box to see where their radio magic is still being created 60 years on.
All that’s left to do is to pick a player from our list and get doodling!
1 WG Grace – One of the all-time greats, he scored the first ever Test century at the Oval in 1880.
Don Bradman – The best batsman of all time averaging 99.94, his Test career ending with a duck at the Oval.
Len Hutton –Yorkshire and England opener who has scored the most ever Test runs at the Oval: 1521, including a monumental 364.
Jim Laker – Surrey and England offie who took bags of wickets at the Oval.
5 Fred Trueman – English fast bowler who took a total of 307 wickets in his career, his 300th coming at the Oval.
Michael Holding – “Whispering Death”, one of the fastest ever bowlers to play the game and took a memorable 14 wickets against England in 1976 at the Oval.
Viv Richards – West Indian legend who scored 291 against England at the Oval in 1976.
Ian Botham – English all rounder, who took the most international wickets at the Oval – 52, as well as scoring over 600 runs there.
David Gower – Captained England to Ashes success at the Oval and also made almost 1,000 runs there.
10 Graham Gooch – England captain, scorer of 1,097 international runs at the Oval, the second highest by any player.
Curtly Ambrose – Legendary West Indian fast bowler who made his farewell at the Oval.
Steve Waugh – Australian skipper who scored a century at the Oval pretty much on one leg.
Devon Malcolm – English quick who took 9-57 against South Africa at the Oval.
Allan Donald – South African quick bowler who took 4-17 against England at the Oval during the 1999 World Cup.
15 Darren Gough – Spearhead of the 1990s English bowling attack, has taken the second most international ODI wickets at the Oval.
Shane Warne – Australian leggie legend with the most international wickets at the Oval for a non-Englishman: 32.
Muttiah Muralitharan – Sri Lankan spinner who took a total of 800 wickets including 16 against England at the Oval in 1998, Sri Lanka’s first victory on these shores.
Michael Vaughan – Captained England to victory in the 2005 Ashes culminating at the Oval, 18 years after the last English Ashes victory.
Graeme Smith – Former South African and Surrey captain, who made a Test century at the Oval in 2012 as South Africa racked up a total of 637-2 dec.
20 Jacques Kallis – One of the game’s greatest allrounders, Kallis scored a century in both a Test and an ODI at the Oval.
Andrew Flintoff – “Freddie” said his goodbye to Test cricket with a monumental Ashes victory over Australia at the Oval in 2009.
Steve Harmison – A key performer in two Ashes successes, he bid his farewell to international cricket at the Oval.
Andrew Strauss – Former Middlesex and England batsman who scored 129 at the Oval in 2005 against Australia and led England to Ashes success there.
Kevin Pietersen – Played perhaps the greatest innings the Oval has seen to help win the 2005 Ashes.
25 Mark Ramprakash – Played for Surrey and scored 114 first-class centuries, including an Ashes hundred at the Oval.
Graeme Swann – England’s most prolific off-spin bowler who took the wicket that won the Ashes in 2009 at the Oval.
AB de Villiers – One of the most talented batsmen to have played the game, the South African holds the record for the fastest international hundred.
Dale Steyn – Hyper-competitive and highly skilled, the South African is the greatest bowler of his generation.
Shaun Pollock – South Africa’s record Test wicket taker with 421 scalps in 108 matches.
Makhaya Ntini – Fast bowler who played 101 Tests for South Africa, forming a potent partnership with Shaun Pollock.
Terms and Conditions: “Prizes will be distributed to UK residents only. Prize is two tickets to the Oval Test Match between England and South Africa on Saturday 29 July. It does not include travel. Tickets are not transferable and no alternative prize will be offered if you are unable to attend. The judges’ decision is final. Competition entries close at 11:59pm on Sunday 23rd July.