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Howzat for a good event?

It may be cold outside but one Shropshire firm decided to bring a taste of summer sport back to the county.

Dyke Yaxley Chartered Accountants, in Shrewsbury, hosted an evening of cricket at the Lord Hill Hotel in the town, thanks to the firm's close links with the Professional Cricketers' Association.

Local businesses were invited to the gala dinner which featured two of cricket's most entertaining speakers - ECB selector Geoff Miller and former cricketer Jeremy Snape.

Keith Winter, for Dyke Yaxley, said: "We couldn't provide sunshine, the scent of a freshly-cut outfield or the sound of leather on willow, but we certainly created an evening of cricketing magic.

"As well as our incredible speakers, we also held a raffle and auction of cricket memorabilia which raised £650 for our nominated charity this year, the Down's Syndrome Association.

"We're very grateful to all our guests who gave such amazing support on the night to our charity cause, and we'd like to thank our speakers for their inspirational presentations too."

Geoff Miller notched up 34 test matches and 25 one-day internationals for England between 1976 and 1984.  He was elected as National Selector by the English Cricket Board in January 2008, and leads a panel which comprises Ashley Giles, Peter Moores and James Whitaker.  He also served on the panel of his predecessor David Graveney.

Jeremy Snape has combined the experience of being a successful international cricketer, coach and psychologist to provide innovative performance ideas for teams and leaders.  He is currently the performance coach of the South African Cricket Team and of Shane Warne's victorious team in the Indian Premier League.

Also attending on the night was Daryl Mitchell, the Captain of Worcestershire Cricket Club, whose bat is sponsored by Dyke Yaxley.

Jeremy Snape, Keith Winter and Geoff Miller