Just as the founders of the Albert Memorial College were discussing the progress of their new enterprise in 1864, 200 miles away in Bradford John Wisden was publishing his Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for the first time. The Wisden as it became better known has gone on to become the most famous sporting book in the world and this year celebrates its 150th edition faithfully providing scorecards, statistics and articles from around the globe. To earn a mention in this “cricketers’ bible” is more often reward enough, but the endeavours of last year’s 1st XI captain Robbie Bridgstock were also accompanied by a photograph to highlight his achievement in becoming the 5th highest run scorer in schools’ cricket in 2012. It may be some time yet before the 150th edition matches the £25,000 price tag of the 1864 original, but to those named within the famous yellow cover, copies are priceless.
From the Telegraph before Saturday’s fixture
Soprano Laura Wright will be playing a leading role in England rugby after being named the first ever official anthem singer.
Laura, a student at the Royal College of Music, will perform the English national anthem ahead of the international matches against South Africa and New Zealand, as well as all of the home games in the 6 Nations tournament next year.
Discussing her new role, Wright, 22, said it was a dream come true.
“It’s a huge honour to have been asked to be England’s official anthem singer,” she said.
“The atmosphere at Twickenham when the team run out in front of a packed crowd of 82,000 is unlike anywhere else and I’m privileged to be able to perform for the players and the supporters. I’m a passionate sports fan and have recently taken up rugby at Rosslyn Park, so I might be able to pick up a few tips!”
This latest success comes at the end of a busy year for Wright, who has sung before the Queen more times than any other artist in 2012. She was also the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium, performed at the Dancing on Ice Final and recorded the Diamond Jubilee songStronger as One, which was mentioned by the Queen during her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey.