In a first-class career that spanned two decades, Ed Giddins played professional cricket for Sussex, Warwickshire, Hampshire and Surrey, where he was part of the County Championship winning team of 2002. He made his international debut in 1999 against New Zealand and represented his country in 4 Test Matches. In 2000 he was named man of the match after taking 5 for 15 for England against Zimbabwe at Lords.
Ed Giddins is now an internationally renowned poker expert and has commentated on the game for Sky Sports. He is also an ambassador for the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) and in this capacity he coaches and fund raises for the PCA benevolent fund.
Ed has played both with and against the best cricketers of his generation, producing a host of fantastic anecdotes which have proved highly entertaining and insightful at cricket club and corporate dinners alike. Whether you're arranging a preseason fundraiser or an end of season celebration/commiseration, Ed Giddins tailors each after dinner presentation to your event and speeches range from tame to the very risqué - depending on your requirements!
For corporate events, Ed Giddins has developed a highly motivational speech based around the 6 lessons he didn't learn during his 14 seasons as a professional cricketer.
When facilitating fund raising auctions, Ed Giddins has a record of achieving unusually high bids due to a combination of humour and a gentle persuasive style which endears him to the audience and ensures that the whole room is entertained during what is arguably the most important part of most charity functions.
Poker Nights - Following his professional cricket career, Ed worked as a television presenter/analyst on Sky channel 865 and SKY Sports. Ed is available to host both corporate and non corporate poker events.
Ed Giddins has hosted and auctioneered at a number of PCA events for us over recent years and is always entertaining, engaging and highly professional, helping us raise significant funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund.
Ed Giddins' experience in after dinner speaking was invaluable in making our Annual Dinner a total success. Not only did he assist in the structure of the evening but then delivered the most entertaining speech I have heard. Ed really got involved and made all attending feel he was their mate by the time he left. Would highly recommend him for a fantastic insight into the world of Cricket!!
Having heard Ed Giddins effortlessly compere various Lashings events, I had no hesitation recommending him to the committee for our club's pre season dinner as main speaker. I can honestly say that he single-handedly made this one of the most memorable and successful events we have held - his speech was hilarious and he stayed on late into the evening to further entertain our members with stories from his uniquely colourful career. Absolutely brilliant. Book him!
I just wanted to add my personal thanks to you for joining us at last Friday's Charity lunch. We certainly appreciated all you did for us and I am thrilled that our total raised is almost £10,000. It was lovely to meet you and I hope we will do it again sometime.
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