Please block out Friday March 6 in your diary as you are warmly invited to our Annual Sportsman’s Evening.
Tickets are just £20, which includes a hot beef sandwich. This popular event is not to be missed, especially as we have two special guests joining us: ex-pro cricketer Shaun “Shaggy” Udal, and comedian Mick Martin.
Shaun Udal is a former professional cricketer. Nicknamed Shaggy, he was a right handed batsman and off spin bowler. A larger than life and popular character, he played county cricket for both Hampshire and Middlesex – the majority of his career at Hampshire where he has become somewhat of a legend. He also played for the national team, and during 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the England test team on their tour of Pakistan and India. He played in a total of four tests and eleven one day internationals, and is highly regarded within the sport.
Shaun joined Hampshire in 1987 and made his debut for the county two years later. His time with Hampshire was very successful and he played for the county in three Lord’s finals. One of the proudest moments of his career was when he became the first local born captain to lead his team to victory when they won the C&G Trophy in 2005. The spinner spent an impressive nineteen seasons with Hampshire before making the decision to retire in 2007. However, Shaun was tempted back to county cricket by Middlesex when he signed a two year contract for the club.
A consistent cricketer, Shaun played an important role in the club’s victory in the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and he went on to become captain at Lord’s. During his time at Middlesex he was instrumental in improving morale at the club and building a happier and more together team.
Shaun’s international career began in 1994 when he made his debut for England against New Zealand. This was the first of his eleven appearances in one day internationals. However, it was not until 2005 that he was selected for test cricket. In fact, he became the first Hampshire born cricketer to play test cricket for England for over one hundred years. Although a consistent player at county level he was considered the surprise selection for England’s 2005 tour of Pakistan. No doubt this had something to do with his impressive performance at Hampshire – notably the victory in the 2005 C&G Trophy! England were looking for more spinners and he fitted that role perfectly. At the age of thirty six he made his test debut in the series opener in Multan and subsequently went on to play in all three matches. He also went on to play in the Indian tour later that winter.
Shaun retired from professional cricket in 2010 with a record that any sportsman can be proud of.
Mick started on the comedy scene by chance back in 1993, compering for established comedy performers. By 1995 Mick was becoming established as a stand up comedian in his own right.
From there, his popularity and demand has grown and his talent has been recognised and used by some of the leading adult entertainment groups, making regular guest appearances with the adult channel and the Sunday Sport Road Shows.Following regular appearances at Round Table, Rotary and British Lion functions, the Lions invited him to Tenerife to entertain them and compere the annual auction. Mick helped to raise £9000 for the charity.
His act has been tailored to compliment sporting personalities, having worked alongside Paul Merson, Ray Parlour, Neil Ruddock, Lee Sharpe plus many more sporting legends. Mick is firmly established on the after dinner and comedy circuit as a performer of the highest calibre. A Midlands man with a countrywide appeal!
“A good gag teller, with a wicked glint in his eye” – The Stage, Showcase Review