Cricket is the major game for boys in the Summer Term and has a long history at the College.
Each season reaches its climax with the two-day Colours’ Match with Rugby - a fixture that dates from 1855 and which, until 1972, was played at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
In 2017, for the first time in 45 years, the 1st XI will play Rugby at Lord’s on Saturday 12th August in a one day match as part of Rugby’s 450th anniversary celebrations. This promises to be an enjoyable occasion with many current pupils, parents and alumni of the two schools in attendance.
Master in Charge: M P L Bush
Girls' Cricket has witnessed significant evolution in recent years. Surrey U19 player Charlotte Bawden (MM 2010-15) made history by becoming the first girl to represent the 1st XI when she made her debut in 2015.
The inaugural Girls XI match took place against Bradfield in 2016 where Marlborough won a tight match in the last over. After this success, there are 6 Girls fixtures scheduled for the 2017 season. Rosie Pembroke (EL RE) made her full Wiltshire debut in 2016 becoming the youngest player, by two years, to represent the county. She is currently part of the Southern Vipers Development Programme.
The XI plays on one of the most beautiful school grounds in the country and there are eight more cricket grounds, 14 artificial cricket nets and two cages on site.
The Pavilion was skilfully restored in 2013 after a benefaction by Mrs Jane Rose in memory of her late husband Henry (C1 1953-57). The restoration will enable future generations of Marlburians and Old Marlburians to provide first class hospitality to visiting teams and guests.
In addition to excellent outdoor facilities there are five indoor nets within the Sports Hall complex and winter coaching is aided by the use of two bowling machines.
Matches, Competition and Events
Seventeen boys teams compete in the big block fixtures against major schools which include Eton, Radley, Bradfield, Cheltenham, Sherborne, St Edward’s Wellington and Winchester; there are five teams at Yearlings level, four at Junior Colts, three at Colts and five Open XIs.
A successful tour to Barbados saw the 1st XI win five matches out of seven matches. The tourists played a T20 under floodlights at the 3 Ws Oval and had the opportunity to meet West Indies legends Gordon Greenidge and Sir Garfield Sobers.
Previous tours to South Africa took place in 2012, 2009, 2006 and 2003 and to Zimbabwe in 1999. The 2006 tour was the perfect preparation for one of the most successful seasons in recent memory, with the side going on to win 12 out of 14 matches completed.
In 2016 the 1st XI secured 11 victories from 17 matches and reached the last 16 of the National Schools T20 Competition in their first year of entering. The Junior Colts 1st XI plays in a festival at the end of term along with Eton, Shrewsbury and Uppingham and enter the ESCA Lord’s Taverners U15 Competition as well as the National U15 T20 competition. The Yearlings 1st XI have been U14 Wiltshire Champions in each of the last seven seasons.
Mark Alleyne has been the Cricket Professional since January 2016.
The former Gloucestershire all-rounder won 10 ODI caps for England between 1999 and 2000 and captained the record-breaking Gloucestershire limited over side of the early 2000s. He became one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 2001 and was awarded an MBE in 2004. Since retiring, 48-year-old Alleyne has been Head Coach at both Gloucestershire and then the MCC.
There are has two other former first class cricketers on the Common Room. Turner Housemaster Gregor Macmillan played for Oxford University, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire and B1 Housemaster John Carroll played for Cambridge University.
Famous Old Boys include AG Steel (Captain of Lancashire & England in the 1880s and MCC President in 1902), EH Spooner (England 1905-1912), MG Griffith (Captain of Sussex in the 1960s and MCC President in 2013) and Christopher Martin-Jenkins (former BBC Cricket Correspondent and MCC President in 2011).
More recently Robbie Williams (BH 2000-05) played for Middlesex and Leicestershire and Edward Kilbee (C2 2001-06) and Uzair Qureshi (B1 2007-11) made impressive scores for Wiltshire in the Unicorns 2014 Championship Final against Staffordshire despite finishing on the losing side. Such quality players will help to strengthen the Marlborough Blues (OMs) who have had some good runs in the Cricketer Cup.
Current 1st XI players include Elijah Samuel (LI U6) and Billy Mead (C1 U6) are both part of the Emerging Player Programme at Hampshire. Max Read (TU U6) has represented Middlesex at junior age group level and David West (TU U6) captained Wiltshire U17s in 2016. Lower down the school Freddie Kottler (C2 Sh) is part of the current Middlesex U14 Squad.
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