Cricket

Congratulations to OB hero Matt Prior (R. 1995-00), who helped England to the recent series win over India.

This was an eventful year for the OB cricket team. We drew Radley Rangers in the 1st round of the Cricketer Cup, playing them for the first time in the competition. After a confident start we made only 200 odd and with Hutton of Radley on 50 and going well we were delighted to snap him up the ball before tea. Perhaps surprised is a better word than delighted here since it was Chris Sweet (D. 1983-88), keeping wicket, who snaffled him. Nevertheless, Radley lost their way and the experience of the OBs saw us home.

The Cricketer Cup draw was not kind to the OBs this year with a home draw against Sherborne Pilgrims. Sherborne batted and made a respectable 240. With several new faces in the side a new confidence abounded and we knocked them off for 4 with 9 overs remaining. 50’s came from Chettleburgh, Woodbridge & Burton.

The Cricketer Cup is now in its 38th Year and is the premier Public Schools Old Boys cricket competition. Although the Old Brightonians won the competition back in 1969 with the legendary ABD Parsons, it has been dominated by the likes of Tonbridge, Malvern, Oundle, Charterhouse and Harrow. At the beginning of this season we were sitting 13th in the national rankings. Having reached the ¼ final stage 8 times in the last 20 years the college hoped this year to proceed further and perhaps emulate the heroes of 69.

The official opening of the magnificent new pavilion at Preston Nomads’ ground in Fulking turned into something of an Old Brightonian reunion - as these things so often do! The pavilion was opened by an emotional and engaging Robin Marlar - occasional scourge of Clare Connor’s England team, President of the MCC, and son of E A G Marler (OB. 1916-19).

The England Women's Cricket Team beat the West Indies last night and have qualified for the World Cup Final this Saturday. They have one more group game to play against Australia, the result of which has no effect on the final result. Holly Colvin (F. 2003-08), Sarah Taylor (W. 2002-07) and Laura Marsh (F. 2000-05) are all likely to play. The final is on Sky Sports this Saturday at 10.55 pm.

The Cricketer Cup is now in its 38th Year and is the premier Public Schools Old Boys cricket competition. Although the Old Brightonians won the competition back in 1969 with the legendary ABD Parsons, it has been dominated by the likes of Tonbridge, Malvern, Oundle, Charterhouse and Harrow. At the beginning of this season we were sitting 13th in the national rankings. Having reached the ¼ final stage 8 times in the last 20 years the college hoped this year to proceed further and perhaps emulate the heroes of 69.

At 11.00 on Thursday 17th May, Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) became ‘Matthew Prior, Brighton College, Sussex and England’ as he made his test debut at Lords.

On Thursday 29th June some of the world's most prolific cricketers played against the College 1st XI. Chris Crosbie - a guest of Guy Bradshaw (R. 1979-84) - sends us this report...

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