The annual fixture against the Willows in Christchurch was one many Wanderers had enjoyed in recent seasons, and one which gave young cricketers from Wellington the chance to experience the best traditions of the game.
Mike became unwell late last year and the diagnosis meant that he did not have long left. Cancer took him at 83, ending a life spent giving himself for the benefit of others. He took great pride in seeing the development of The Willows CC which he established in 1994 go from strength and strength. Whether by his contribution to his family, his friends, his business, the Salvation Army, or youth cricket his was a life lived to the full. There are so many young men who have had opportunities through their association with Mike that they may not have had in other circumstances. He was proud of all those who came through the Hadlee Gates, whether they went on to represent New Zealand or more importantly became Willowers and they in turn gave back as Mike has done. Wanderers were indeed fortunate to see Mike in such great form only a short while before he passed away. More to follow in the Annual Report. RIP Mike Dormer.