As we continue to protect Sir Paul Getty’s legacy to the game and further develop the facilities at Wormsley to ensure that it remains a ground that cricketers around the world aspire to be invited to play at, we are delighted to announce that Mike Gatting OBE has accepted the honorary role as the first President of Wormsley Cricket, that NN Capital has become our first official “Supporter of Wormsley Cricket” and the launch of our Cricket Membership program.
The first match at Wormsley, in May 1992, saw the Sir Paul Getty XI play host to the MCC, and to this day, the Sir Paul Getty XI continues to be a cornerstone of cricket at Wormsley, with annual matches against the Eton Ramblers, the Arabs and I Zingari – teams steeped in history & tradition and close to the heart of Sir Paul’s original vision of Wormsley Cricket.Befitting Wormsley’s world-wide reputation as ‘one of the most beautiful grounds in England’, the number and variety of matches has increased in recent years – with the addition of a limited number of corporate & charity cricket days, private games and representative matches (such as the Minor Counties Finals) alongside the traditional Sir Paul Getty XI and village games.
Mike Gatting says, “Wormsley is a very special place to play cricket and holds fond memories for me, as I’m sure it does for numerous cricketers from around the world who have been fortunate enough to play here over the last 25 years. I’m delighted to play my part in ensuring that cricket remains a vibrant part of the Estate for many years to come. As President, I’m pleased to announce that this year will see the first Sir Paul Getty Women’s XI, captained by Charlotte Edwards, take on the FairBreak International XI on Wednesday 30thMay, as part of a broader Day of Gender Equality. The FairBreak team will be captained by Suzie Bates (NZ) and will include international cricketers from 11 countries including Australia, West Indies, Oman, Vanuatu, Rwanda, USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. We’re also delighted to welcome Canterbury CC on tour from Australia in June, The Sussex Martlets in July, and a third visit from Cricket Touring Club de Flamingo’s (Netherlands) in September. I would encourage anyone who loves their cricket to come and enjoy a day at Wormsley and for regular spectators / guests we have launched the Wormsley Cricket Club Membership, with a dedicated members’ area and access to every game throughout the season.”
Mark Getty, says, “I am delighted that Mike Gatting has agreed to be our first President of Wormsley Cricket. He is a bastion of the game, having played 79 tests for England – 23 as captain and was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 1984. Since retiring, as well as featuring in the Sir Paul Getty XI colours, he has been president of the Lord’s Taverners, a member of the MCC committee and the Chairman of MCC’s World Cricket committee. Cricket remains a key pillar of our activities at Wormsley, alongside the broader sporting activities across the estate and the performing arts that we support and this season I’m pleased to see a growing fixture schedule, our first Sir Paul Getty Women’s XI and the launch of the Wormsley Cricket Club Membership.”
Simon Tremlin, Cricket Manager at Wormsley, says “We have enjoyed seeing Mike play at Wormsley over the years and are very happy to have him as our first President at this exciting time. We are also delighted at announce that NM Capitalwill be our primary supporter of Wormsley Cricket for the coming season.”
Chris St George, founder NM Capital, says “I have been fortunate to be involved with Wormsley Cricket for the last 20 years, playing both for The Sir Paul Getty XI and against, with the Combined Services, Pilgrims and Eton Ramblers. I have known Simon and Mike for many years and NM Capital is delighted to play a part in continuing the tradition of top class cricket at Wormsley. We are very much look forward to the new season.”
Simon concludes “Cricket has been a huge part of the estate for the last 25 years and with the support of Mike, Chris and NM Capital we are looking forward to a successful season, to welcoming our new members to the Wormsley Cricket Club and to starting the planning for our 30thanniversary and beyond!”