Mike Gatting OBE

As well as county success, Mike experienced possibly the ultimate experience as England Captain when he led the side to an Ashes victory over Australia in 1986/87.

It was thanks to a primary school geography teacher that a young Mike first got a taste of cricket.

 "She was from Sri Lanka and as cricket was one of her favourite games and one of her national sports she decided we should start playing. That was my first real experience of learning the game that would later become my career and passion."

As a teenager, after trying out many sports, it boiled down to a straight choice between football and cricket. Cricket won out and Mike signed for Middlesex. 

"My Second XI debut for Middlesex didn't quite go as planned. It was a one-day match against Kent at Ealing Cricket Club in London.  I walked into bat, a few folk had turned out to see this bright new young kid make his debut. Gatting - Caught, Nicholls Bowled, Shepherd 0 - Out First Ball!"

Despite that early set back Mike's county career began to go from strength to strength and his memories of playing at Lord's included many a fine moment, none more so that the 1983 Benson & Hedges Cup Final 

"When it comes to memorable matches at the Home of Cricket, certainly my first one-day final in 1983 when I was Captain against Essex in the Benson & Hedges Cup. It was quite an incredible game of cricket . Clive Radley top scored for us with 89 not out , but otherwise we struggled and only ended up with a total of 196 from our 55 overs. In those days you had a break after twenty overs in each innings. Essex had scored over 100 and only had one wicket down in reply after by the break. We were getting trounced. But all of a sudden it all turned round and in a very tight finish we managed to win by four runs in my very first final!  We really had no right to win that game, it really was just an incredible game and feeling."