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Sir Viv hailed at Lord's dinner

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Sir Viv Richards

LONDON, England (CMC): A Glowing tribute has been paid to cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards, one of the most destructive batsmen of a dominant era for West Indies.

Some of the most decorated names of West Indian cricket's golden era joined in the special tributes to Richards during a dinner at Lord's Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

They included former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and former teammates Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge and Colin Croft.

"It's not often I'm moved, but this has been a truly special evening and something I won't forget for a very, very long time," said Sir Viv.

Former England internationals Derek Underwood, David Gower, Mike Gatting, Geoff Miller as well as broadcast legends Tony Cozier and Sir Trevor McDonald joined in paying tribute to Richards known as the 'Master Blaster'.

Tributes were also played on video screens from Michael Holding, Bob Willis, Alan Lamb and Ian Botham, Richards' closest friend in the game and godfather to his son.

The dinner raised nearly £100,000 for the United Kingdom's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord's Taverners, and the St John's Anglican Cathedral Restoration Project in Antigua.