Gatting ‘Nose’ Best
FORMER England cricket captain Mike Gatting has warned Windsor Boys’ School’s touring party set for Barbados to expect some tough competition, writes Gary Chappell.
Gatting was the guest speaker at a fund-raising dinner held at the Maidenhead-Road school on Saturday evening, attended by 180 people.
Gatting said: “Just remember, those cricketers love to win. If you want to compete then you will have to work hard, practice hard but at the same time enjoy yourselves.”
The dinner was organised to raise funds for a party of students to travel to Barbados under the tuition of players from Windsor CC, planned for Easter 2004. Included after the dinner was a raffle and auction of three shirts, including Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar’s jersey and a signed England top.
Gatting said: “I think it’s brilliant for the boys to travel like this. The first time I went away was back in 1976 to the West Indies and it was quite an eye opener.
“I have memories of arriving at the hotel and then running on to the beach and the sea was really warm – it’s like a totally different world.
“We didn’t think that the weather could last, but it remained very sunny throughout the whole trip.
“It will be good for the children to learn about a different culture.”
During his after-dinner speech, Gatting told stories of his days as England captain, when he was smashed in the nose by a fast-bowler while on a tour of the West Indies.
He said: “There was still some bone stuck in the ball when they picked it up.
“Then I went to blow my nose, but blood came out of the top.”
Former pupil Richard Endacott, also a member of Windsor CC, presented Aussie Tristan O’Shannassey, with an award for all of his efforts at the club last season. O’Shannessey was the top wicket taker for the second XI in the Thames Valley league, finishing with 31 scalps to his name