ADAM Scott is holding firm but world No.1 Rory McIlroy has faltered badly in the third round of the Australian Open.

A DEEPLY emotional Michael Clarke broke down as he delivered a touching but agonising tribute to his friend and former teammate Phillip Hughes.

CRICKET Australia has promised a review into player safety in light of the Hughes’ tragedy, with particular emphasis on helmet regulations.

AS tough as the first steps will be, I hope Sean Abbott’s NSW teammates can coax him back into the practice nets at some stage, writes Allan Border.

CRICKET Australia have handled the awful task that befell them after Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident with exemplary calm and dignity.

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XXIX Club Annual Dinner

One of the major activities on the MCC XXIX Club calendar is the annual dinner.

Traditionally held during AFL Grand Final week in the Long Room, the function is always an outstanding success.

It brings together past and present XXIX Club members and Premier cricketers in a night of revelry. 

The list of guest speakers over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” of Australian cricket, with former Australian fast bowler Merve Hughes our most recent guest. 

Previous speakers include Lindsay Hassett, Richie Benaud, Bill O’Reilly, Arthur Morris, Ray Lindwall, Tony Greig, Alan McGilvary, Colin Egar, Doug Walters, Barry Richards, Rod Marsh, Greg Chappell and, of recent years, Mark Taylor, Adam Gilchrist, Ian Healy, Paul Sheahan, Damien Fleming and Stuart MacGill. 

View the complete list of previous guest speakers at the XXIX Club Annual Dinner.

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58th XXIX Club Annual Dinner

The XXIX Club committee is pleased to announce that former Test umpire, Daryl Harper, will be our guest speaker for this year’s annual dinner to be held on the evening of Tuesday November 11, 2014

Daryl was an Australian cricket umpire who officiated in Test matches between 1998 and 2011. He was a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from 2002 until 2011. In May 2011, Daryl was unceremoniously sacked from the exclusive world panel. Four weeks later he was appointed to two further Test matches however, on the eve of what would have been his 96th and final Test match, Daryl announced his retirement. With 95 Tests and 174 One Day Internationals to his credit, Daryl is in third position for all-time matches officiated in both forms of the game and promises to provide an entertaining perspective on the great players and controversies of his era in international cricket.

We are also delighted to advise that leading cricket and sporting journalist Peter “Tommy” Hanlon has agreed to propose the toast to the XXIX Club.  “Tommy” has been a regular opponent of ours in the Media XI matches and will bring a different and unique flavor to the toast.  Many will remember his excellent piece on the XXIX Club in The Age a couple of seasons back as part of his series of cricket features.  

Please note bookings for this function are only for members of the XXIX Club and their guests.

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