summer saw Oundle School play host to a magnificent three weeks of back to back
cricket finals, with both the LSCA (London Schools Cricket Association) and the
ECB (English Cricket Board) choosing Oundle to host their respective festivals.
LSCA Inter-County festivals involved ten teams for their U15 festival, and eight
teams for the U12 tournaments, with sides coming from as far afield as Cumbria and
even California, USA to participate.
School provided a fitting backdrop for the finals of the ECB national Club U15
and U13 competitions, with the highlight being a win for the Old
Northamptonians through the final game on the final day.
festivals were capped by appearances from three England cricketers (including
former T20 captain Eoin Morgan), all keen to pass on their tips and experiences
to the players and coaches alike.
hosting the festivals, Oundle School brought to a close a successful cricket
season, including its continued partnership with the MCC Foundation Cricket Hub
which reaches out to both state school pupils and the local cricket club junior
players, ensuring that all young cricketers, whether at state or private
school, get the same chances to play and practice on the excellent School
i/c of Cricket at Oundle School, John Wake commented, “With nine match cricket squares, three pavilions, twenty cricket
nets and sports fields that are far reaching, there are few nicer settings to
play and enjoy cricket than at Oundle.”
Roger Hill, Team Manager LSCA U12 commented, “A
great week with a brilliant bunch of kids, two excellent coaches at a well-run
festival at a superb site.”
School’s Development Director, Matthew Dear, commented, “Oundle is investing in the future of cricket, with work now underway
on a brand new pavilion, designed to an innovative specification yet in keeping
with its surroundings. The new pavilion will provide ample changing
facilities for the School’s numerous pitches for players and umpires alike, as
well as excellent hospitality for spectators and guests. We remain hopeful
that the facility will be in large part funded through the generosity of
Oundle’s extensive cricketing community, with substantial donations and pledges