The Mike Gatting cricket tournament
25 September 2015
Wellington College students were given a rare treat over the weekend when they had the opportunity to play cricket under the supervision of one of the greats of the game. Former England Captain and legendary batsman, Mike Gatting was in town to promote the game of cricket and to bring some cricket know-how to students from all over Shanghai. The Wellington U9 and U11 teams were the first in action. Traveling to Dulwich College to take part in, for what was for most, their first ever cricket match. Playing in a limited overs, pairs match the students got to experience the thrill of this most traditional of games. Mike Gatting was on hand all day, offering advice and encouragement to the students as they played their matches. With a real hands on approach, Mike spent time with many students offering them advice on correct grip, swing and batting technique. The U9s, although fairly inexperienced managed to win two of their four matches and in a thrilling 3rd/4th play off managed to hold off a spirited YK Pao performance to take a third place in the tournament. The U11s, equally won two of their four games and in a carbon copy of the U9s beat YK Pao to take third place overall in the tournament. Although having never played the game before, Agnes Yu proved her athletic ability once again by being awarded ‘batsman of the tournament’ and was personally presented with a trophy by Mike Gatting. Saturday saw the U13 teams in action on home soil. With outstanding performances from all of the Welllingtonians, only bad light stopped play. However, the Wellington team had amassed enough point to be declared overall winners on the day. It was another amazing weekend of sport again for Wellington students and it’s staff, having this fantastic opportunity to spend time with one of the worlds greatest sporting icons.