FORMER England cricket captain Graham Gooch is to be guest speaker at a dinner.

The player, who is currently England batting coach, is to attend the Philadelphia Cricket Club dinner to be held in the Chilton Country Hotel, at Fencehouses, near Chester-le-Street on Thursday, July 5.

The dinner takes place just two days before the one day international between England and Australia at the Riverside Stadium.

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Club chairman Malcolm Pratt said: "It's a real coup getting Graham Gooch.

"As soon as I realised he would be in Chester-le-Street for the international, I contacted him and he readily agreed to help our fund-raising night".

The entertainment will also include singer Tony Washington, who also does a tribute act to Bobby Thompson.

Tickets for the dinner are £37.50 each, or £350 for a table of 10, and can be obtained from Mr Pratt on 0191 3890484.