David Gower proved to be as entertaining with a microphone as he did with his cricket bat as Lymington celebrated their bicentenary with a grand dinner at Shorefield Country Park.
More than 170 members and guests heard the England batting legend talk about his time as England captain, with particular reference to his 100% record against the West Indies (played 10, lost 10!). Gower may have had a tough time against Malcolm Marshall & Co in the Caribbean, but revealed that his toughest opponents were in fact Gary Lineker and Rory McGrath would go to almost any lengths to cheat on the game show 'They Think It's All Over'.
The diners present not only enjoyed the company of the great man, but also heard current and former players Adie Hunt, Neil Trestrail, Jon Hardy, George Hollobone and Lew Gregory reminisce about their finest moments (or not!) at the Sports Ground.
The evening concluded with an auction which raised around a thousand pounds towards the further development of youth cricket at Lymington. Phil Tufnell's England shirt, signed by the entire 1994 Test squad, was sold for over £300 while a replica Aussie Test shirt signed by Shane Warne fetched £240. Trevor Phillips learned a valuable lesson (never scratch your nose at an auction!) as he inadvertently made a successful bid for a pamper day at the Shorefield Health Spa for new wife Wendy!