Former England cricket captain rewards Lincolnshire players at their annual dinner

Jonathan Cheer receiving his award from Mike Gatting
Jonathan Cheer receiving his award from Mike Gatting

Former England captain Mike Gatting presented the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League prizes at their annual dinner – with Boston’s Jonathan Cheer among the winners.

The ex-Middlesex man, who captained his country in 23 tests between 1986 and 1988, gave diners at Hemswell Court an insight to life with the national squad, with tales of high profile characters of that era.

He also presented a number of individual and team awards during the evening.

Cheer (pictured) won the award for most runs in the season.

There was also a new trophy for the best all-rounder of last season, named after the popular Sleaford and Lincolnshire player Stephen Bradford, who died last year.

The local umpires association had also requested that their Fair Play Trophy be renamed after the highly respected Bradford and the trophy was again won by Sleaford.

Gatting, who represented England in 79 tests, scoring 4,409 runs, paid tribute to the volunteers whose work enabled cricketers to play ECB cricket in Lincolnshire.

Among those who got a mention during the string of Gatting anecdotes were Ian Botham, Allan Lamb, Phil Tuffnell and David Gower.

He spoke of the day he was bowled by Shane Warne’s ball of the century and recalled painful memories of the match in which West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall shattered his nose.