MIKE Turner, of Cheltenham Civil Service, is on Cloud Nine after being asked to score the one day international between England and Pakistan at Lord’s on July 10.
It’s a second ODI day out for the 53-year-old who was sat in the scorebox for a run-fest of an England-Pakistan thriller at Bristol in 2019.
But this summer’s match will hold special significance for Mike because it is being staged at the home of cricket.
He said: “I scored a very minor MCC match at Lord’s about ten years ago, but to now be asked to go there for an England international is fantastic.”
Mike cheerfully admits he was never much of a player but was fascinated by cricket statistics and scoring from a very early age at school in Nottingham.
That interest continued when he moved to Cheltenham in 1990 and joined Civil Service who, one imagines, could not believe their luck when he walked through the gates at Tewkesbury Road for the first time.
Mike added: “The regular first team scorer had just moved to the United States so it worked out very well for everyone. In those early days I would score 40 or 50 matches a season and absolutely loved it, the club were so welcoming from the very start and it has become my second home.”
Mike’s sterling work was eventually recognised by the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials when scorers’ representative Sue Drinkwater put together a panel of leading local ‘notchers’ to assist with Gloucestershire 2nd XI matches.
He said: “There were six of us and it was so good to be involved with the sport at such a high level.”
Mike’s first ODI soon followed while he was also thrilled to be asked to be the scoreboard scorer at the Cheltenham Festival before scoring a T20 last year at Bristol, for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire because of Covid regulations.
Along with the rest of the local cricket community, Mike had been hoping for a return to sporting normality this year when his phone unexpectedly ‘pinged’.
He added: “I was starting to get excited about being on the boundary edge scoring for Cheltenham Civil Service when I had a text from Sue, saying ‘get in touch … don’t worry, it’s a good thing!’
“I was thinking that there might be a chance of a Gloucestershire match but I certainly was not expecting Lord’s and England.”
Mike’s county commitments have meant taking a back seat on the scoring front with his club, but he remains deeply involved after loading hundreds of scorecards on to what must surely be one of the most comprehensive club databases in the country.
He said: “We’ve now got just about every scorecard going back to 1983 on Play Cricket, and that means many players can look up their entire career with us, including every ball faced, from the time they started with the under-13s through to the first team!”
- Mike is pictured scoring his first game of the new season for Cheltenham Civil Service, a friendly away to Hawkesbury Upton on Sunday.