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Oundle School Hosts Prestigious Cricket Finals
1st October 2014


This 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.

 

The 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.

 

Oundle 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.

 

The 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.

 

Through 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 facilities.

 

Master 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.”

 

Oundle 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 already received.”

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