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Gatting's "magnificent" Rest of the World century

Current MCC President Mike Gatting in action for England
Current MCC President Mike Gatting in action for England

MCC President Mike Gatting says his 179 in MCC’s Bicentenary match in 1987 is his favourite innings at Lord’s.

Gatting, who was being interviewed in a feature that will be played during’s exclusive online coverage of Saturday’s MCC v Rest of the World match, says that his innings when the two sides met 27 years ago was his best at the Home of Cricket.

Mike Gatting on playing at Lord's

"Batting here has always been great", said Gatting, who will manage MCC’s side on Saturday, "but I suppose the Bicentenary match was absolutely magnificent.

"It was great to have Malcolm Marshall was on my side for the one and only time, and there were so many wonderful players, Gooch, Gower, Greenidge, Haynes, Abdul Qadir, Kapil Dev – and I’ve forgotten loads of other greats who played.

"I managed to get some runs, and it was the first time I’d managed to make a hundred in an international match at Lord’s against what was a reasonably decent attack with Walsh and Dev in their side so that was a pretty special day.

"The sad thing was we had four days of bright sunshine and the fifth day it was raining and we couldn’t get on after we’d set up a fabulous match."

Former England and Middlesex batsman Gatting, 57, went on to speak of his pride at being MCC President during Lord’s 200th year.

"Having lived down the road in Willesden for many years and being a North London boy, I’m very proud. I’ve seen it change over the years and to be sat here as President of a great club that is reknowned all over the world is absolutely fantastic and it’s a great, great honour, and hopefully I’ve done it justice."

Gatting will be team manager of an MCC side which will be captained by Sachin Tendulkar for the match on Saturday 5 July, in a match celebrating the Bicentenary of the current Lord’s Ground. MCC will take on a Rest of the World team captained by Shane Warne in a star-studded match that is sure to be a historic occasion.

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