County cricket will return to Oakham School this season when the Foxes (Leicestershire CCC) take on Lancashire Lightning (Lancashire CCC) in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Thursday, May 31.
“We are delighted that County Cricket returns to Oakham, hot on the heels of hosting the warm-up matches for the Women’s World Cup last year,” says Iain Simpson, Director of Sport. “It’s a testament to the exceptional quality of our pitches and sports facilities that we are able to host matches of this calibre at the School. It’s also great to see our relationship with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, where a good number of our pupils and staff are current and former players, strengthened even further through the use of our facilities.”
Leicestershire CCC have enjoyed many visits to Oakham in the past, including the County Championship and 50-over fixtures against Nottinghamshire in 2007. The four-day game was a thrilling draw in which current Head Coach Paul Nixon scored 98 and 20 not out while the Foxes emerged victorious in the one-day game.
Oakham and Leicestershire CCC enjoy many strong links – with our Director of Cricket, Neil Johnson, being a former Leicestershire CCC all-rounder, as well as cricketing alumni including Mathew Boyce (03), Stuart Broad (04), Josh Cobb (08) and Alex Wyatt (08). Stuart Broad also took his maiden County Championship wicket during his career at Leicestershire CCC, in a match played at Oakham, against Somerset in 2005. Students currently playing for the Leicestershire CCC Academy include Sixth Form student Richard Bell and recent leaver Don Butchart.
Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “Oakham School is a terrific venue that many of our Members will have enjoyed visiting in the past. It is important to take County Cricket as far and wide as we can, and this is a fantastic opportunity to take cricket to a new audience in Rutland and surrounding counties.”
Tickets can be bought, to watch the match during Oakham’s half term week, by clicking here.