Late arrival Lumley misses the bell

Veteran actress Lumley, a prominent supporter of the Gurkhas, was due to ring the five-minute bell to signal the imminent start of play at the home of cricket on Saturday morning but was held up en route.

Colonel Sergeant Padam Gurung therefore stepped in on a day designated at Lord's for collections to the Gurkha Welfare Trust's Earthquake Response Fund following the tragedy in Nepal.

Lumley was apologetic when she spoke later to Test Match Special.

"I am so sorry," she said.

"We arrived too late, and I am completely ashamed. It had not been made clear to me what I was to do, to ring the bell."

  Joanna Lumley was a late arrival at Lord's
Joanna Lumley was a late arrival at Lord's