Oundle School cricketer, Simon Fernandes (16) was recently selected by Marylebone Cricket Club (M.C.C) Schools, from a pool of over 2500 schoolboys, to represent them in their annual match against England Schools Cricket Association at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The M.C.C Schools team consisted of schoolboys who had played against M.C.C during the 2016 cricket season and whose names had been put forward by M.C.C Match Managers as good cricketers, in addition to being players who would make good representatives of the Club.
After a briefing participants received a tour of the ground followed by net sessions with M.C.C Team Manager and Coach before the 50 over game on 6th September.
The match was won by ECSA who scored 260 runs with MCC falling short by about 50 runs.
“It was an honour to play at Lord’s and the whole experience was amazing. We had two full-on days at Lord’s including training and I loved every moment of it, it. Even playing as 12th man I would like to think I made some contribution taking a catch and I would like to thank Oundle’s Head of Cricket, Mr Crawley for applying and helping me get this great opportunity.”
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing sixteen state-of-the-art laboratories. The School has now completed the development project which sees a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to the original SciTec building as well as a significant upgrade to and refurbishment of the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. The development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. An ongoing Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.