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Cricket icons Sir Ian Botham and Mike Gatting toast retired Hampstead teacher at testimonial dinner

PUBLISHED: 10:53 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 09 February 2016

Testemonial dinner at UCS for former sports teacher Bill Jones. Pictured from left Ian Botham, Mike Brearley, Bill Jones, Mike Gatting and Clive Radley, behind MC John Fingers Fingleton and David English

Testemonial dinner at UCS for former sports teacher Bill Jones. Pictured from left Ian Botham, Mike Brearley, Bill Jones, Mike Gatting and Clive Radley, behind MC John Fingers Fingleton and David English

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Some of the best-known figures from the cricketing world gathered to pay tribute to a former Hampstead sports teacher who retired last year.

Testemonial dinner at UCS for former sports teacher Bill Jones. Pictured from left, Mike Brearley, Clive Radley, David English and Mike Gatting.Testemonial dinner at UCS for former sports teacher Bill Jones. Pictured from left, Mike Brearley, Clive Radley, David English and Mike Gatting.

Sir Ian Botham, Mike Gatting, Mike Brearley, Clive Radley, and colourful Middlesex County Cricket Club stalwart John “Fingers” Fingleton, all attended a testimonial dinner at University College School, in Frognal, on Friday in honour of retired teacher Bill Jones.

Mr Jones knows the stars from his days playing for the club in his youth at Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood. As one of the older players at the club then, the cricketing legends fondly remembered him as their “head boy”.

Organisers said it was an “emotional evening”.

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