A Lunch with David Gower at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh

9th Jul 2018
A Lunch with David Gower at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh

On Friday 8 June a sell-out audience gathered at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh to listen to one of cricket’s greats – David Gower. Following a splendid three course lunch the audience heard about the work of the Lord’s Taverners in Scotland from Chairman Colin Crichton and witnessed the first showing of the Scottish promotional film. They then listened avidly while David entertained with tales from his cricketing career and subsequent role as a pundit – and yes he did give us the background to that infamous incident with a Tiger Moth over the Gabba and the subsequent disciplinary fall out!

He followed on responding to “Questions from the Boundary” despatching responses with his usual aplomb. Is the number of international players in today’s England cricket set up affecting the development of home grown players? He reckons not pointing out the advantages of exposing young cricketers to international calibre players and their varied styles. He compared the current situation to his playing days at the end of the 70s and early 80s facing a number of the West Indian fast bowlers distributed around the counties. When coming in to bat he would scan the ground to check field placings only to see no-one in front of him. They were all behind him waiting for a top edge!

Committee member Mike Wheatley encouraged the crowd to part with their funds in aid of a good cause during a rousing auction. The Lord’s Taverners would like to acknowledge the support of the many companies and individuals who donated raffle and auction prizes including Ian Rankin, Cari Carswell, Mark Beaumont, Cricket Scotland, AG Barr Ltd, Mackies of Scotland and Tunnock’s. The event was covered by Edinburgh Life and will feature in the next edition which is now in the shops.

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