FORMER Derbyshire and England cricketer Geoff Miller is looking forward to returning to the Pirelli stadium for a special Sporting Dinner.
Apart from cricket, Geoff`s greatest attribute was his ability to keep his team-mates amused with his hilarious dry northern humour, which he now brings to the after dinner speaking stage from his roots in Chesterfield.
He can be seen at the Pirelli Stadium on Thursday November 25, joined by comedian Ivan Brackenbury.
Geoff spent 20 years on the professional cricket circuit, representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England, travelling to all the major Test playing countries and playing with or against all of the greats, to which he freely admits “I wasn`t one of them”.
He said: “I was a comparatively boring bread and butter cricketer who was only selected in the team to allow all the brilliant flair players to perform with freedom.”
What he lacked in talent he made up for in humour.
“I`ve always thought that both life, and the game of cricket are taken far too seriously and it is necessary to see the funny side on occasions.”
By virtue of the sport he was in, and the life he has led, Geoff now possesses a whole host of hilarious anecdotes and stories about himself and his colleagues. Naturally, cricket is not the only subject to be put under the microscope in his search for amusement.
Geoff is now one of the most sought-after speakers on the after dinner and motivational circuit and is booked for various types of business and corporate events, sporting dinners and golf day dinners up and down the country, and overseas.
He said: “I find these events just as stimulating as facing Michael Holding and Dennis Lillee, or bowling Viv Richards and Ian Botham (who I roomed with on tour for five years!”
Named as an England Selector in 2000, Geoff was appointed in 2008 to the role of National Selector, heading a panel of four people. His professionalism in the role coincided with the team’s successes achieving the number one ranking in the world in 2011.
The Sporting Dinner takes place on Thursday, November 25 and promises to be a fantastic evening for cricket and sports fans.
The evening begins at 7pm and tickets are available for just £55 (inc VAT) per head, with tables of 8, 10 or 12 guests available, as well as individual tickets which are available on a shared table, with a four-course meal included.