On Saturday 18th July 2015, the Cinnamon Kitchen was a buzz with the cricket greats, from Dilip Vengsarkar, Faroukh Engineer, Gordon Greenidge and Monty Panesar.
The evening was made possible by the union of two unique individuals wanting to bring about change; Samir Pathak, a surgeon from Bristol and Ranvir Singh, a successful business and Vice Chairman of the charity, Cricket Beyond Boundaries.
Samir Pathak is a keen cricketer and has played for England Universities. His passion for the game has made him reach out to the many boys from underprivileged backgrounds and to bring them to the UK as cricketers.
The former Indian Captain, Dillip Vengsarkar is the patron of the charity and continues to send at least one boy from his academies in India to the UK each year.
The atmosphere flowed from champagne cocktails to sumptuous canapés served by delightful waiters who went the extra mile to attend to the glamorous guests, such as Mr and Mrs Mehta, Sachin Tendulkar's in-laws; Paul Jheeta, renowned Saville Row Tailor; Lord Bhikhu Parekh; International lifestyle PR, Preea Hayre, plus many more.
Guests enjoyed a 4 course meal especially created by Chef, Raju Ramachandran . The combination of flavours and the twist of presentation tantalised all to sheer sophistication up until desert.
Monty Panesar also wanted to make sure he contributed. “I want to keep the passion of cricket alive by giving back through the children that otherwise would not have the opportunity to shine.”
The night gave guests the chance to ask the questions whilst Dilip Vengsarkar and Gordon Greenidge transported the audience to the cricket fields of 1984 and beyond.
Farokh Engineer was the perfect storyteller as always and gained much laughter and applause for his take on the cricket field and finished off with an auction.
A successful end to the perfect charity event helping children achieve their dreams and inspire through Cricket Beyond Boundaries.