Twelfth Man

H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh,
K.G., K.T., O.M., G.C.B., A.K.


The idea of a club for actors and members of allied professions was the brainchild of a group of cricket-loving actors who habitually watched cricket from the Tavern at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. In 1950 this club was named The Lord’s Taverners and registered as a charity dedicated to the promotion of cricket among young people.

The Lord’s Taverners Australia was founded in 1982 by John Darling ( a direct descendant of Australia’s 10th Test captain, Joe Darling).After some discussion, it was agreed that the new organization would be separate from the parent body with the only official link between the two bodies being a common 12th man – HRH Prince Phillip.

So today,The Lord’s Taverners Australia is a Federated autonomous organisation with branches in all States and Territories and approximately 3000 members. These members come from all walks of life, with media, the professions, the arts, entertainment and business communities being well represented. What we have in common is a love of sport generally, a love of cricket in particular, but most importantly a desire to raise money to support disadvantaged and/or handicapped young people.


As a charitable association it is the primary aim of The Lord’s Taverners Australia to raise money through membership subscription, sponsorship, fund raising activities and donations. Our financial disbursement program is balanced across a number of worthy causes including the provision of sporting facilities, equipment and opportunities for underprivileged and/or disadvantaged young people. These young people assisted may be disadvantaged by financial constraints, geographical isolation or a physical or intellectual disability.

Since its inception in 1982, the organisation has raised and disbursed more than $10 million in cash and kind, with disbursements in 2012-13 in the order of $417,000 across a wide range of sports and recreational activities.

A secondary, but equally important aim, is to ensure the type of fund-raising event organised, and the way that it is run, generates enjoyment and fellowship among members and guests.

Sponsorships, donations and assistance are welcomed from Companies and individuals who empathise with the cause and who are in a position to help


His Excellency General the Honourable
Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)

The National Body

The Lord’s Taverners Australia has a National Body, which is a Council, that meets annually to formulate policy and from time to time to give guidance to the State and Territory branches. It also coordinates grants for Australia-wide activities, details of which can be found under the heading National Body.

The Council, which meets annually, is comprised of the Executive (National President, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) as well as a representative from each of the branches.

Paul Sheahan am

0419 368 002


17/15 Liardet Street

VICtoria  3207

Greg Brown OAM

0418 361 559


PO Box 925, Frankston
Victoria 3199


Michael Martin OAM

0401 112 794


GPO Box 1519, Darwin Northern Territory 0801

John Jeffreys

0417 007 007


70 Iris Road

Glen Iris Victoria 3146

Four Pillars | Our fundraising focus

Indigenous Cricket

The Lord's Taverners Imparja Cup

First held in 1994 in the Northern Territory as a community-based event between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, the Imparja Cup has grown to become a premier fixture on the national cricket calendar.

Cricket Australia's national talent manager Greg Chappell attended this year's 20th anniversary Imparja Cup and went away impressed by the organisation and the talent on show.

It was his first visit to the competition and a real boost to the 38 teams and 500 players from around the nation.

Chappell said that Cricket Australia's search for talented cricketers spanned the country, and the Imparja Cup prpvided a week-long advertisement for the nation's indigenous talent pool. “It links the participants to the high performance system and hopefully someday will lead to a Baggy Green,” he said.

The Lord's Taverners supports the Australian team. Australian Blind Cricket Carnivals (Championships) are conducted bi-annually and are held in State rotation around Australia.

At our 2014 National Council we presented a $15,000 cheque to Ray Moxley, President of Blind Cricket, Australia. See the picture HERE.

Cricket FOR THE Deaf

The Lord's Taverners supports the Australian team in the quadrennial Deaf Cricket Ashes, played between Australia and England. The next Series will be played in England in 2015.

Cricket FOR THE Intellectually Impaired

Lord's Taverners and Sports Inclusion Australia

The Lord’s Taverners Tri-Cricket series is for players with an intellectual disability and is contested by Australia, England and South Africa every two years. The Australian team is supported by a partnership between Cricket Australia, the Lord’s Taverners and Sports Inclusion Australia.

Sports Inclusion Australia is a national body which works with organisations such as Cricket Australia to assist them include programs for people with integration difficulties.

Lord’s Taverners has been associated with Sports Inclusion Australia since 1993 and the partnership has provided the framework for the development of cricket and indoor cricket for players with an intellectual disability.

Being accepted and acknowledged for their skill and ability within sport has given many the increased self esteem necessary to gain meaningful employment and ultimately make a significant contribution to their community.

Cricket Australia | Memorandum of understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding is designed to achieve the following outcomes:

Formalise relationships between Cricket Australia and The Lord's Taverners Australia;

Enhance the flow of communication between Cricket Australia, The Lord's

Taverners Australia and their respective members;

Memorandum of Understanding between Cricket Australia and the Lord’s Taverners Australia extended for a further three years.

The Memorandum of Understanding formalising the partnership between CA and the Lord’s Taverners, first signed in 2009 following a handshake agreement between Jack Clarke (then Chairman of Cricket Australia) and the Taverners Chairman, Greg Brown, has been extended for a further 3 years.

At a meeting at Cricket Australia’s Melbourne headquarters late in June, the formalities were completed after minimum discussion reflecting the success of the arrangements agreed at the 2009 Imparja Cup held in Alice Springs.

As part of the Agreement, The Lord's Taverners Australia will work with Cricket Australia to develop, including financial support, a two-year plan of upcoming events, programs and tours, both domestic and international, for disadvantaged and disability-related programs.

This covers the four main areas of our support – Blind, Deaf, Indigenous and Intellectually Impaired Cricket.


Our branches | Contact Lord’s Taverners in your part of Australia

 Click on the branch name on the right visit their web site.