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Diane Keene rings The Bell at Lord's

Diana Keen rang the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on Day One of the first England v Pakistan Test match at Lord’s  Thursday May 24th.

A Senior Production Manager at Sunset+Vine, she is one of the first women to become MCC Members who have qualified via the waiting list.

Having become an Associate Member of MCC in 2002, Keen, who has worked on cricket television coverage around the world for Channels 4 and 5, Sky, BT Sport and the International Cricket Council, was elected as a Full Member earlier this year.

She has worked in television her entire career, and has been involved in producing cricket since Sky first started to show live cricket in 1990, working on many of England’s overseas tours from the London studios.

Keen spent two years working for ESPN/Star Sports in Singapore in the late 1990s on both cricket and Formula One, before moving to Sunset+Vine when they began to produce Channel 4’s international cricket from 1999 onwards.

Channel 4’s cricket coverage won four BAFTAs between 1999 and 2005, including a special award in 2005 to recognise their innovation.

Since 2006, Sunset+Vine has produced Channel 5’s highlights, and is now behind BT Sport’s cricket coverage as well as producing the host broadcast feeds for all ICC tournaments.

Keen will be ringing the bell at Lord’s tomorrow before heading back to the J.P. Morgan Media Centre to resume production duties.

Guy Lavender, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, said: “I'm delighted that Diana, who has served cricket so well over the years, has agreed to ring the five-minute bell tomorrow morning. It is symbolic for MCC that women who joined the waiting list in 1998 have this year qualified as Full Members of the Club, and it is fitting that Diana is amongst them. She is one of cricket’s unsung heroes and I look forward to her getting play underway in the Test match tomorrow.”

The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord’s Test by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.

The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a Test Match.

May 23, 2018 12:00 am

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