The Mike Gatting Six-a-Side Tournament
Manager: Martyn Ball
Administrator: Tim Munton
Despite the perceived pessimism surrounding the date of this fixture and Britain being in the middle of its wettest summer period in history, Friday the 13th turned out to be one of the luckiest days of the summer. With black clouds drifting by both sides of the beautiful Wormsley Estate, and the occasional periods of glorious sunshine, a full day’s cricket was enjoyed by everyone attending, though as always it was “very wet” in the hospitality marquee!
A huge thank you must go to Tim Munton and his ground staff for making the wicket and outfield fit to play, it was a day in the county championship that saw little or no play possible. A huge thank you for our participating teams and sponsors being Berkeley Group (2 teams), Macquarie Capital, Besso, Dr James Hull’s “Drillers” and Henry Howard Finance. Their support coupled with an array of cricketing talent from our Taverners – Mike and James Gatting, Chris and Toby Tarrant, Martyn Ball, Mark Alleyne, Jeremy Snape, Paul Taylor and Rugby’s Duncan Bell meant an exciting and entertaining competition.
Two exhilarating group stages saw Henry Howard Finance face defending champions Besso in a highly competitive final. The defending champions were just a little too strong and despite the efforts of the young Hugo Ross, Henry Howard Finance were unable to stop Besso from lifting the Trophy for the 2nd year running. As luck would have it within minutes of the final being completed the heavens opened and down came the rain. Everyone enjoyed the humour from the PA system where Andrew Green and Peter Tomlinson were armed like verbal assassins at the sight of numerous rotund figures “shoe horned” into their ageing sets of flannels!
The day was supported by many great Taverners especially Ray Julian, John Price, Richard Kershaw and Anthony Pilkington, who all tirelessly did their stints of umpiring in the middle. Social visits by Steve Kirby and Jason Leonard ensured much humour, none more so than seeing Mike Gatting pack down with fellow front rowers Bell and Leonard for a Taverners photo opportunity, a sight all present will never forget!
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