Published: 13th September, 2019
With the latest edition of The Kia Oval’s grandest tradition, The Final Test, came a brand new match day ritual this week.
Five minutes before the start of the first day’s play on Thursday, Admiral Sir Jock Slater was the first man to ring our new bell, acquired from the decommissioned aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.
The ship’s bell from HMS Illustrious has a new home at @SurreyCricket‘s ground – the Oval. 🏏🔔
— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) September 12, 2019
Slater (pictured) became the first commanding officer of the HMS Illustrious in May 1981 before serving as as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 1995 to 1998. A former officer of the HMS Illustrious will now ring the bell on the first morning of future Kia Oval Tests.
The bell will also be rung to signal the five minute mark before the start of play on each day of the Test. On the second day, a representative from the current champions of the AJ Fordham Surrey Championship – the county’s premier club competition – will sound the notice for the players and supporters.
The third day will see the youngest member of staff at The Kia Oval handed the honour, an Oval Ambassador will be given the reins on the fourth day and Surrey County Cricket Club’s current president completes the list on the fifth day.
This year’s representatives on each day of the fifth Ashes Test 2019 are below:
Day One – Sir Jock Slater
Day Two – Sarah Lynch
Day Three – Matthew Williams
Day Four – Clive Myers
Day Five – Ken Schofield