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18 July 2019 - Cricket reigns supreme!

Nigel Wheeler, OECC Chairman, writes:

England pulled off a sensational victory against noble opposition, New Zealand, and the Old Eastbournians were dominant in their three-match, three-wins festival last week. Heroically organised by George Burrough, players enjoyed sunshine and fun on College Field.

For the first game (reported last week), the OECC faced a side representing the variety of clubs for which Alex Halliday played during his successful and sadly uncompleted career of sport. James Hamblin (Hampshire and Eastbourne CC) captained a star-studded XI. Their total of 235 for 8 declared included a lusty 67 from local player Paul Stevens.

Impressive OE bowling centred round Jack Casebourne 3-39 and Jacob Smith 3-76. In reply, we witnessed a powerful display of fine hitting by Giles Robinson (126) ably supported by Mark Lock (33) finding his whites for the first time in four years and showing as ever what an outstanding sportsman he is. Rugby's gain was cricket's loss.

Add Alex Simcox (Cambridge Blue, 100 at Lords), Tim Mynott (England Over 60s Ashes XI) and captain Jamie Freeland (Sussex 2nd XI) to an array of very useful young players and all enjoyed a splendid day and a win for Alex's old school.

On Wednesday, Oundle Rovers found Giles Robinson scoring another splendid century (117), George Hopkins (41), Will Wheeler (25) and Ben Barter (29*) helped set a stiff score of 272 in 50 overs. Oundle fell well short, all out for 194. Joe Pocklington 3-36, Giles Robinson 3-14, captain Ben Twine 2-18, George Hopkins 1-27, Ben Barter 1-52 did the damage.

In Thursday's game Uppingham Rovers batted first, scoring 204 in 50 overs. Louis Barron 4-55, Peter Wooldridge 3-35, Jack Casebourne 3-38. The OE reply was led by George Burrough (63), captain Ben Twine (63), Peter Wooldridge (45), enjoying a profitable return to College Field cricket after too many years of back injury and George Hopkins (18*). The OEs therefore won the Thwaites (Ian)/ Ashworth (David) Trophy by six wickets.

Thank you to all who played in the three matches. Cricket is the only OE sport to enjoy annual hospitality from the College and the club would like to thank the headmaster, the bursar, the caterers, porters and ground staff for making the days possible.

There are various issues that concern the OECC; not least the problems of finding a team for the first round of the Cricketer Cup. We reached the final only two years ago and yet struggled this year to find 11 players prepared to journey up to Bedford in June. Do we want to stay in the competition? Do we wish to expand the fixture list in July back to four or five matches and attract more players? How do we encourage the fine, young players coming from the College to offer their services? The committee needs a shake up and lots of questions need asking and answering in the months ahead.

Bravo to all concerned!


18 Jul 2019    Cricket reigns supreme!
11 Jul 2019    Nugee and Winn Buildings win Sussex Heritage Trust Award
10 Jul 2019    Theatre trip to '9 to 5 The Musical'
9 Jul 2019    Alex Halliday memorial cricket match on College Field
8 Jul 2019    Michael Keall, Headmaster of Ascham 1969-77
5 Jul 2019    Another successful Foundation Golf Challenge

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Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures

A new fully-illustrated souvenir book, Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures, is now available to buy from the Eastbournian Society.

Exploring the history of the College with a series of themes, covering art, buildings, the cadet force, chapel, charity, drama, houses, personalities, science, sport, the war years and much more, the book is packed with photographs and drawings sourced from the College archives.

With a soft cover and 108 pages it is available to buy for just £5.00.

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Contact David Blake at 01323 452262 or drblake@eastbourne-college.co.uk .

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