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2016 OC Cricket Day

For the Club’s 69 th year the fixture list was somewhat reduced but a good number of enthusiastic Old Cranbrookians and guest players came back to Bigside to enjoy Lynxes cricket. After the wet weather of earlier months the outfield looked as good as it has ever been and the wickets, prepared superbly by Steven Hooper, provided consistent bounce.

On July 6th the Lynxes won their first match against the School (and the John Wybourn Cup) since 2006. Batting first, the OC team, which had been raised by Owen Dearn, scored 260. Opener Joe Clark made 77 and he was well supported lower down the order by Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (55), Finn Hulbert (45) and Doug Gordon (25). With the new ball Finn was then too good for a School side without some key players, taking 6 wickets for 16 while Owen Dearn also picked up 2 wickets.

Unfortunately, work pressures prevented the key organizers arranging a repeat of last year’s Under 30’s v Over 30’s on the opening Sunday of “the week”.

Two more matches (with 50 overs format) were completed in spite of some rain interruptions with the usual excellent BBQ lunches being supplied by Graeme Edmonds and his staff while Gary Marshall (Lynxes President) ensured that all players and visitors were able to enjoy drinks from the pavilion during and after the games. 

The Bully Boys (once again a team mainly consisting of OCs) scored 245 in a little more than 45 overs with major contributions from Freddie Hulbert (68) and Al Smallwood (57).  The wily Lynxes veteran, Simon Anthonisz, took 3 important wickets towards the end of the innings and Toby Russell-Vick, Ben Tragett and Finn Hulbert all bowled well. In reply, James Barron batted well for 42 supported by several guest players but the Lynxes could only accumulate a total of 201 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

The following day the Lynxes scored a resounding win against The Fleet Street Exiles, who were visiting Bigside for the 13th time. Joe Schindler batted particularly well at the front of the innings to score 64, building a long partnership with Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (59). Freddie Hulbert made 48 runs in the total of 256 as the innings was completed in the 50 th over.

The Fleet Street Exiles were perhaps over confident of getting the runs as their century maker from last year only came in at number eight although he was still their top scorer with 53 runs. The wickets were shared between five Lynxes bowlers while the fielding was noticeably sharp with 6 catches being taken. The Lynxes needed less than 40 overs to record their win by 69 runs.

Joe Schindler will have his name on the Andrew Bond Cup for batting and Simon Anthonisz well deserved his award of the David Winterbottom Bowling Cup.  

Simon Anthonisz (R 1970), James Barron (CR 1991), Joe Clark (A 2014), Owen Dearn (W 2012), Doug Gordon (SL 2011), Jake Hornsby (R 2010), Finn Hulbert (SL 2014), Dave Lewis (R 2011), Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (SL 2013), Nick Manser (R 2011), Gary Marshall (H 1977), Toby Russell-Vick (A 2014), Guy Schindler (A 2016), Joe Schindler (A 2012), Sam Stibbs (A 2012), Ben Tragett (CS 1993), Rob Wickham (A 2012) all played in “the week” and several other “friends of Cranbrook” helped to make up the teams.

We hope all those who supported the Club this summer will return next year to enjoy friendly but competitive cricket in celebration of the Lynxes 70th year. It is planned to arrange a special fixture against the Old Suttonians (they were our first opponents in August 1947) and Old Cranbrookians Matt Hall (C 1987), Toby Mullins (R 1979) and Nick Pink (C 1995) will be approached to bring teams to Bigside during the week which will start on Sunday July 9th 2017. On Saturday, July 15th a special dinner at the School is scheduled to mark our Anniversary year.  

Any cricketing OCs, parents and family friends are always very welcome and anybody wishing to play should contact Gary Marshall (E mail:  Mobile: 07866 430289).

See the website, the open Facebook group Lynxes Cricket Week and the OCA website for further information.