Despite the inclement weather ‘stopping play’ a few too many times, it’s been an excellent season for cricket at Oakham! Towards the end of the season, the U14, U15 and U18 teams were all still in the last 16 of the National Cups – which is impressive – with the U15s reaching the Semi-Finals.
The 1st XI have been brilliantly led by Nick Kimber and Ben Lewin, who have also been supported incredibly well by Charlie Morley, Harry Tattersall and Richard Bell. The weather has resulted in a total of four games being lost to rain, as well as a further three affected and training being disrupted too. However, those games that have taken place have been successful, with the current record standing at played 15, won 12 and lost 3. It’s been a season of ups and downs – notably:
- Early season wins against the Forty Club, Bedford School, Stamford and Uppingham made all the work through the winter and on the pre-season tour worthwhile.
- A frustrating period in early May which saw matches rain affected against Rugby, Leicester Gents and Uppingham.
- A pleasing victory against the MCC where two evenly matched sides played out a game worthy of the stature and importance of this fixture.
- The team hosting Stamford where some new experimental rules were applied, which resulted in a 67-run loss and put an end to any chance of an unbeaten season.
However, the team are now looking to take their current form into the BOWS Festival, where Oakham currently plays host to Brighton College, Wellington College and Sedbergh.
The Girls 1st XI have grown exponentially over the season, playing in even more matches than in previous years. The highlight of the season was beating local rivals Uppingham, as well as taking part in a Festival of Cricket at Haileybury, playing against big-name national teams including Millfield and Shrewsbury – which was an amazing experience for the team.
The U15A team, captained by Freddie Fairey and vice-captained by Will Lewin have enjoyed a very successful season, playing a large number of friendly, T20 and 40 over National Cup fixtures resulting in the accolades of:
- National 40 over Cup Semi-Finalists
- National 20 over Cup Quarter-Finalists
- Retaining the County Cup, against local rivals Uppingham School
Overall the team played 18 matches, winning 14. Freddie outlines that “the main highlights of the season have to be the victories over a very well drilled and previously unbeaten Bedford School side, in both a friendly fixture and in the 40 over National Cup match. However, the biggest win of the season has to be against Shrewsbury School in the 40 over National Cup Quarter-Final. When set 244, the top order came out and executed the perfect run chase, knocking off the runs with two overs to spare and only two wickets down. The Shrewsbury dressing room went very quiet while the celebrations from ours bellowed out loudly!”
Lower School Cricketers (U11A and B teams, boys and girls) have also been developing fantastically well, with more teams fielded than ever before. They’ve had plenty of game practice against local primary schools and prep schools, alongside building their cricketing skills. The future is looking good, with these budding cricketers set to only get better and better as they progress through the ranks at Oakham!