Cricket Development Trust Scotland

Supporting Cricket in Scotland from the Grass Roots Up

Mike Gatting Evening

Friday 21st October 2022 

We are delighted to advise that our next event will be an evening with Mike Gatting which will take place on Friday 21st October 2022 at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh.

Michael W Gatting OBE is an English former cricketer, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex (1975–1998; captain 1983–1997) and for England from 1977 to 1995, captaining the national side in twenty-three Test matches between 1986 and 1988. He toured South Africa as captain of the rebel tour party in 1990. He replaced John Buchanan as the county coach, serving during 1999 and 2000.

He is currently an elected member of the Middlesex C.C.C. Executive Board and the M.C.C. Committee. He has previously served as the ECB managing director of Cricket Partnerships and President of Marylebone Cricket Club His highest Test score of 207 was scored in Madras.Gatting later captained England to an Ashes series victory in Australia in 1986/87.

During a one-day match in 1986, Gatting's nose was shattered by a ferocious delivery from West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall. Marshall later found shards of the nose embedded in the ball's leather. The incident set the tone for the series as the West Indies' fearsome pace attack spearheaded England's thrashing 5–0. Another mishap for which Gatting will be remembered is being caught by Australian wicketkeeper Greg Dyer, after trying to play a reverse sweep off opposing captain Allan Border's first ball during the 1987 World Cup final. In 1987, Gatting also gained notoriety in the "Shakoor Rana affair" when he argued with umpire Shakoor Rana in Faisalabad.

Mike retired from first-class cricket in 1998 and has since worked as a coach and commentator. He is also a Past President of the Lord's Taverners for 2005–06 and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for 2013–14. He is currently in his second term as an elected member of the MCC committee and is also a co-opted member of the Middlesex C.C.C. Executive Board. Since October 2017 he has been the chairman of MCC's World Cricket committee.

Our MC for the evening is none other than Willie Allan. Willie was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Dunfermline.He was a PE teacher for thirty-two years and he became Principal Teacher of PE at Buckhaven High school in Fife; a position he held for twenty-two years. A keen sportsman, Willie spent thirteen seasons as a non-tackling stand-off with Dunfermline rugby club; he has also represented the North and Midlands.Willie has been on the after dinner circuit since 1992. He describes his style as “disruption of expectation” and his inimitable style as an auctioneer deserves special mention.In 2017 Willie was appointed MBE for services to youth rugby and charity.

Mike and Willie are sure to royally entertain us and make this a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

The event is in aid of the Cricket Development Trust Scotland (CDTS) which is a registered charity set up to promote and support the education, development and wellbeing of children and young people within Scotland through the game of cricket.  All funds generated for CDTS are invested directly in such initiatives.

Date: - Friday 21st October 2022
Time: - Arrival from 7pm
Venue: - The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE
Cost: - £60 per ticket, includes 3 course meal with tea/coffee (drinks/wine not included)
Dress Code - Jacket & Tie or Smart Casual.

All profits going to CDTS and there will be a raffle and additional fundraising initiatives on the evening, with voluntary participation.

To reserve a place please contact Robbie Nellies at