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.