Gatt’s back and eager to help

An invitation to take part in a fund-raising evening for young cricketers in Jersey was not one that Mike Gatting had to think twice about.

Mike Gatting will be coaching Island youngsters in the nets at Langford on Saturday
Mike Gatting will be coaching Island youngsters in the nets at Langford on Saturday

An invitation to take part in a fund-raising evening for young cricketers in Jersey was not one that Mike Gatting had to think twice about.

Not only has the former England captain enjoyed a number of previous trips to the Island, but his work at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) sees him centrally involved in promoting the game at all levels.

The other main reason stems from a long-standing friendship with former Jersey Cricket Board chairman Keith Dennis, and the ‘Evening with Mike Gatting’ event this Friday, 7 December, will form the launch of the Keith Dennis Young Cricketers Foundation.

‘I’ve known Keith for some time – we played some MCC cricket together a few years ago and have kept in touch,’ Gatting explained. ‘Cricket is a big family and I’m delighted to be able to help out.’