Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting appear as guest speakers at Shane Warne tribute dinner in Ipswich
Two former England cricket captains were guest speakers at a tribute dinner in a Suffolk town.
Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting regaled around 250 guests in Ipswich with stories about Shane Warne, who died in March last year at the age of 52.
It was Gatting who was dismissed by Warne’s first ball in an Ashes Test match at Old Trafford in June 1993 and the delivery was later dubbed the ‘Ball of the Century’.
The Australian leg spinner went on take 708 Test wickets, placing him second among leading wicket-takers in Test match history behind the 800 victims of Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
The pair also told tales about their England careers and time on the county circuit – Gooch skippered Essex and Gatting captained Middlesex.
The evening, organised by Copdock and Old Ipswichian CC and held at Venue 16, was hosted by club president and ex-Essex bowler Ray East.
The event included a three-course meal, a raffle, a game of heads and tails and an auction and also raised over £12,000 towards club funds.