Ashes Legend Visits Wandsworth Cricket Club

Monty Panesar holds masterclass at SinjunGrammarians

Monty Panesar at the SinjunGrammarians Cricket Club
Monty Panesar at the SinjunGrammarians Cricket Club

Former England international cricketer Monty Panesar turned up for a surprise training session at Wandsworth-based SinjunGrammarians Cricket Club recently.

The Ashes-winning player’s attendance was not disclosed to the members of the club who received a coaching masterclass and Q+A.

Although Monty was a spin bowler he is perhaps best known for his epic last wicket stand with James Anderson which helped secure a drawn during the 2009 Ashes series which ultimately proved decisive in England reclaiming the urn.

Monty Panesar (centre) with the Mayor of Wandsworth to his right
Monty Panesar (centre) with the Mayor of Wandsworth to his right

Also in attendance were key figures from Wandsworth council including the Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Richard Field and Councillor Steffi Sutters, the Cabinet member for Community Services including open spaces, sport and physical activity.

Monty with the players of SinjunGrammarians Cricket Club
Monty with the players of SinjunGrammarians Cricket Club

The visit was organised by Sportside, a new mobile app which wants to help connect millions of people find more clubs, teams, events and communities to get back playing the sports they love following the COVID-19 pandemic. It also acts as a hub for sports clubs such as SinjunGrammarians to help engage their local community and increase membership numbers. To help drive awareness of the role Sportside is playing in supporting grassroots sport, this event was the first in a series of monthly events at sports clubs across different London Boroughs.


Discover more about Sportside and how to download the app here.

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August 4, 2021