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Former England captain lends his support to Caldy
Jamie Bowman - Friday 24th April 2015

Caldy Cricket Club has received a morale boosting message from a former England captain after they were on the wrong end of a crushing defeat last week.

The Wirral side made international headlines on Sunday following their cup match with Nantwich CC which saw 21 year old Liam Livingstone smash 350 runs against Caldy’s beleaguered bowling attack as the Cheshire side compiled a massive score of 579-7.

Caldy were then bowled out for just 79 resulting in an extraordinary 500 run defeat and huge media interest from the likes of Sky Sports and the BBC.

But as the club prepare for Saturday’s first league game of the season at Skelmersdale, cricketing legend Mike Gatting (pictured above) has written to Caldy's chairman David Brown to say how impressed he was with the young side’s attitude after reading a report of the game.

Gatting, who is the English Cricket Board’s cricket partnerships ambassador, wrote: "I have read the article and wanted to say how impressed I am with how it was written, congratulating Liam but also praising your own players and your club. The very positive messages on social media about the attitude of all of your players in the match shows how much of a credit they all are for your club.

"You should see yourselves as a credit for the development of the game in your area. I hope that Sunday does not dampen the spirits of your players or club and I wish you all the greatest success for the season."

Gatting also praised the work Caldy have done with their juniors after the club agreed new sponsorship deals with Big Padlock and Ashburton Prescribing Services.

David said: “When a junior joins the club they get a training top, a club cap and a bottle of sun tan lotion.

"As a committee we wanted to give something to the kids on joining and we decided that we should combine that with linking in to what the parents would want to see from the club, not just a give away but some practical and something that shows we wish to look after their children when they are with us.

"We decided that we wanted to make sure all our children had headwear for the sun to protect them and a bottle of suntan lotion in their kit back so we can do our bit and get the kids in a routine from an early age of applying lotion and keeping their head protected.

"It is a nice touch to have received the letter from Mike, especially in the circumstances. He makes reference to the work with the juniors and the free kit we have handed out and I have invited him to the club so he can see first hand the work we do."

see also:-

Records fall as Caldy are thrashed by 500 runs