Lamb Still on Charles's Menu
Byline: NIGEL DEMPSTER
THE MYRIAD fans of Northants County Cricket Club captain Allan Lamb, whose testimonial year this is, should not be perturbed at the disappearance from this country of Earl Spencer, chairman of his pal Lamby's Testimonial Committee - the Princess of Wales's brother will remain involved.
Born in the Cape Province of English parents, Lamby and his wife Lindsay helped plan a holiday some years ago to introduce Charles Spencer, 31, and his wife Victoria to the delights of South Africa, and they have moved there for a year while alterations are being carried out to historic Althorp House.
Lamby, 41, a godfather to the couple's 23-month-old son and heir Louis - who bears the courtesy title of Viscount Althorp - will be joined by Charles at the six-a-side pro-am celebrity cricket event on the 8,500-acre Althorp estate on July 2.
Lamby tells me: `I met Charles while his father was still alive. He's a very enthusiastic cricketer and has his own team, but I think he's dropped me - I played one game and failed to score! Our final event is a dinner for 1,000 or so at Grosvenor House on October 28 and he'll be back and forwards during the year.'
While Althorp will be open to the public throughout the year, its owner will continue working for the American NBC television network as well as a South African station. Charles was briefly in Cape Town following the Fifth Test for a tribute to Lamby by 500 local friends on January 8, and returned there with his family last week. …