Cricket

Master in charge: N E Briers (Captain Leicestershire CCC 1990-1995)

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 School - a fixture that dates from 1855 and which, until 1972, was played at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Famous Old Boys include A G Steel (Captain of Lancashire & England in the 1880s and President of MCC in 1902); R H Spooner (England from 1905 until 1912) and M G Griffith (Captain of Sussex in the 1960s).

More recently Robbie Williams played for Middlesex CCC and Leicestershire CCC and Edward Kilbee and Uzair Qureshi made impressive scores in the Unicorns 2014 Championship Final against Staffordshire but finished 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 (Wiltshire), Billy Mead (Hampshire) and Max Read (Middlesex) who all represented their respective counties at U15 level in the 2014 season.  Elijah Samuel represented the South-West at the Bunbury Festival and has been given a place in the Hampshire CCC Academy.  Billy Mead has been put on an Emerging Player Programme also at Hampshire CCC. 

Gregor Macmillan (formerly of Leicestershire CCC and a former Captain of Oxford University) is a notable member of a strong and committed coaching team at the College.  In addition, Jonathan Lewis (Gloucs, Surrey, Sussex & England), Bob Taylor (formerly of Derbyshire & England) and John Emburey (formerly of Middx & England) have given specialist masterclasses in fast bowling, wicketkeeping and off-spin bowling respectiively.

Facilities

The XI plays on one of the most beautiful school grounds in the country and there are seven more cricket grounds and fourteen artificial cricket nets on site.

The Pavilion has recently been beautifully and skillfully restored 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, Competitions and Events

Seventeen teams compete in the big block fixtures against major schools which include Eton, Radley, Wellington and Winchester; there are five teams at Yearlings’ level, four at Junior Colts, three at Colts and five Open XIs.

Tours to Cape Town have contributed to notable successes, especially the 2006 team which won twelve out of their fourteen completed matches. The Junior Colts 1st XI also plays in a festival at the end of term along with Eton, Blundell’s and Uppingham and has had some success in the Lord’s Taverners Competition.

Keen cricketers in the Sixth Form also have a unique opportunity to do the ECB Level 1 Cricket Coaching Course under the tutelage of an experienced ECB Coach.