Worcestershire County Council Chairman Peter Tomlinson has today presented a Royal Worcester Porcelain vase to Graeme Hick, as he rounded off a return to New Road, with the Australia Cricket Team.
Graeme, who is one of Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s greatest ever players, is now a batting coach for the Australian Cricket Team.
The vase, which was hand-painted by local artist Harry Davis, features a design of Worcester Cathedral.
The chairman presented the vase during the lunch interval of the final day of the three-day match between Worcestershire and an Australian XI.
The match was held as part of the Australian team’s preparations ahead of the second Ashes test at Lord’s, which begins on Wednesday. (14 Aug)
Councillor Peter Tomlinson, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, said: “It’s been a real honour to come to New Road today and welcome an absolute legend of the game back to a county where he made so much history. It’s great that Graeme has been able to come back to New Road during preparations for such an iconic series.”
Today’s presentation will add to the collection of gifts given to the Australian Cricket Team by Royal Worcester Porcelain.
Back in the 1930’s the legendary Australian batsman Sir Donald Bradman made three consecutive double centuries, and the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company presented him with a special commemorative vase to honour his remarkable achievements.
The picture on that vase, by ceramic artist Harry Davis, shows Bradman at the crease and Worcester Cathedral in the background, and the vase is now kept in the Bradman Collection Museum at the Adelaide Oval.
The team will also be presented copies of the designs of the previous gifts which have been discovered in the archives of the Porcelain Museum.