An Evening with David Lloyd: Around the World in 80 Pints

Wednesday 16 October 2019

  • Doors: 16/10/2019 07:00PM

Bumble: Back by popular demand.

TWO years after his hilarious sold out show at the Grand, we are proud to welcome back David Lloyd to the crease for another evening of banter and hilarity with the Lancashire and England cricket legend. The term ‘bumble’ may suggest to most people the act of dithering around, but to cricket fans all over the world, it is inextricably linked to the tv and radio commentator from Accrington with that unmistakable Lancashire burr. And his new book, the wonderfully titled 'Around the World in 80 Pints', is chock-full of brilliant anecdotes and down to earth Red Rose wisdom, chronicling his many adventures from Oswaldtwistle to the MCG.

Lloyd says cricket has evolved in ways unimaginable a few decades ago and argues that a harder and more vindictive mindset has infected the sport. Remember Australian captain Michael Clarke’s warning to Jimmy Anderson ‘to get ready for a broken arm,’ when he went in to bat. Lloyd said: “In my youth, players went at each other hard on the field of play, but once stumps were drawn, they’d be found drinking in the same pub, and sharing the same yarns, but that has pretty much gone now. “I do find that sad because we’ve lost some of the camaraderie.”

Bumble is at his best, though, recalling escapades of his playing days in an era when most players lived on little more than meat pies, a packet of Woodbines, a couple of pints of mild and a late-night curry. He will also deliver a few fiery short balls on the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes series when England will, hopefully, have wrestled the urn from Australia’s iron grip.

This event sold out in double quick time in 2017, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.