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Honours Board Legend: Gatting

Gatting batting for Middlesex against Australia at Lord's
Gatting batting for Middlesex against Australia at Lord's

Mike Gatting led from the front at Lord’s during the summer of 1987, as 22 of the world’s greatest players gathered to celebrate MCC’s Bicentenary with a special match between MCC and a Rest of the World XI.
Captaining the MCC side, which featured the likes of Gordon Greenidge, Graham Gooch, David Gower and Richard Hadlee, the current MCC President scored an impressive 179 which contributed towards a first innings total of 455/5 declared.
Gatting negotiated the threat of a stellar bowling attack - that included Imran Khan, Courtney Walsh, Kapil Dev and Abdul Qadir - to etch his name on the Lord's Honours Board in an innings that included 26 boundaries.
In response, Sunil Gavaskar notched up 188 in his final first-class match, helping the Rest of the World XI post 421/7 declared, to leave the game intriguingly poised.

A world-class game remembered

However, with all the great names on display the match, as is so often the case in England, the match sadly succumbed to the weather.

The Rest of the World XI were set an imposing 353 to win yet the match was curtailed by heavy rain on the final day to the frustration of the players and the spectators.
Yet whilst the spectacle ended in a draw, Gatting was left with a moment to treasure after a special innings at a ground he knows so well.
“It was nice when the guys playing in your team shake you by the hand and say 'well played',” he told Lord's TV.
“It’s more than a name on the board – it’s one of those things that you remember”.

The game will also be remember for one of the greatest individual pieces of fielding by a bowler.

West Indies' Roger Harper demonstrated amazing initiative to run-out Gooch.

Having delivered a ball, that the England batsman hit a sweet on-drive to, Harper scooped down in his follow through and in one motion hurled down Gooch's stumps, who was busy setting off for what he thought would be an easy run. The next moment he was on his way back to the Pavilion.

Roger Harper's famous run out of Graham Gooch

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