When words like “over” and “The Ashes” make your heart beat a little faster, you know you’re a cricket fan. If so, you can’t miss the opportunity to meet one of the greats this weekend.
This is your chance to party with Graham Gooch, the former England cricket captain and legendary batsman as he visits Cayman for Cayman Cricket’s “All-Out” fundraising weekend. It promises to be a lot of fun with golf and a summer party.
Gooch’s visit comes on the back of legendary West Indian batting pair Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes’s visit to Cayman last year for Cayman Cricket’s “Legends Reunited” fundraiser.
Join him on the golf course on Friday as he swings a completely different kind of “bat and ball,” although rumor has it that he’s not bad at this game either.
The fundraising golf event is being held at the North Sound Golf Club. For those who play regularly in the fundraising golf tournaments, they will be familiar with the shotgun start format, teeing off at 12:30 p.m. Amateurs, never fear; there will be Mulligans available to buy, to compensate for the odd wayward shot.
After the game, players of all abilities can relax in the clubhouse with Gooch; there are bound be some great tales being regaled over a drink or two, and with dinner by Lloyd Brown and the team at Casa 43, the fun will go on into the evening.
There will be prizes for the winning teams and raffle prizes up for grabs.
Cayman Cricket is certainly putting Gooch to work over the weekend. He’s pulling double duty on Saturday, starting with a coaching session at Smith Road Oval for some of the youth players who will get the benefit of his hard-earned experience. The public is welcome to head to the pitch on Saturday morning and see him put the youngsters through their paces.
Party at Morgan’s
Now, who wouldn’t want to go to an all-inclusive summer party at Morgan’s? From 7 p.m. through to midnight on Saturday, Morgan’s restaurant will be transformed for the “All-Out at Morgan’s Pavilion” summer party. Get your “cricket chic” on and party the night away. Gooch and his wife will be there all evening. Guests can join them in the Pimms/Champagne tent for welcome drinks, have their picture taken and collect an autograph or two before enjoying the rest of the evening’s entertainment.
There will be an all-inclusive bar, DJ (and lots of dancing), live entertainment and a live and silent auction with some amazing cricketing memorabilia to buy. Food stations will be set up serving a wide range of food to suit all tastes, and a sumptuous desert table to finish.
Cayman Cricket’s vice president, Hector Robinson, is delighted to welcome the Gooches to Cayman, and is hopeful that Graham Gooch’s presence as a player in the golf tournament, and as guest of honor at the party, will encourage the community to come out and get involved. Cayman Cricket is looking to raise the $50,000 needed to further develop its youth programs and coaching resources. The youth program reached more than 4,000 boys and girls in schools across all three of the islands in 2017, and the aim is to go on increasing this number in the future.
As a not-for-profit organization, this is Cayman Cricket’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and 100 percent of the money raised from the “All-Out” weekend will be used to expand the coaching team and bring a second youth coach on board.
Following a successful T20 World Cup Qualifying tour in Argentina earlier in 2018, it is only by investing in a long-term youth development strategy that Cayman can build on this recent success and ensure that the players are equipped to compete on a world stage.
Gooch was one of the most successful international batsmen of his generation, and through a career that spanned from 1973 to 2000, he became the most prolific run-scorer of all time with 67,057 runs across first-class and limited overs games. He is also England’s leading run scorer in Tests with 8,900 runs from 188 games, and has more than 200 first-class wickets to his name. He is one of only 25 players in history to have scored 100 first class centuries.
After 118 Tests, Gooch retired to coaching and became a team selector and commentator. He was an England batting coach from 2012 to 2014 and in 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
For more information on the ‘All-Out’ golf tournament, email [email protected] or call 924-5630. For tickets to the all-inclusive summer party, visit any Jacques Scott outlet or purchase online at tickets3.frsolutions.ky.