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.
Master in Charge: M P L Bush
Mark Alleyne was appointed as the new Cricket Professional in November 2015 and took up his post at the College in January 2016.
The former Gloucestershire all-rounder won ten 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, 47-year old Alleyne has been Head Coach at both Gloucestershire and then the MCC.
The XI plays on one of the most beautiful school grounds in the country and there are eight more cricket grounds and fourteen artificial cricket nets on site.
The Pavilion has recently been skilfully 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, Competition 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 1st XI also enter the National Schools Twenty20 Competition. 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 ESCA 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.
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 (BH 2000-05) played for Middlesex CCC and Leicestershire CCC and Edward Kilbee (C2 2001-06) and Uzair Qureshi (B1 2006-11) 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 (LI L6) and Billy Mead (C1 L6) who are both Emerging Player Programme also at Hampshire CCC. Max Read (TU L6) has represented Middlesex at junior age group level and David West (TU L6) and Fraser Gordon (PR U6) are both in the Wiltshire Academy set up.
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