Oundle School Cricket Club (OSCC) celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2005. The first inter-school game was against Uppingham in 1855, but archive records suggest that cricket was played in the School as early as the 1830s.
The Club believes that cricket should be a sport for all and that every boy who wants to play should have the opportunity to enjoy this great game as part of a team in a competitive environment which reflects their ability. The programme is differentiated to cater for all abilities, from the social cricketer to those that harbour a desire to play the game professionally. Oundle has links with a number of counties and a good number of pupils are involved in county age group and academy squads.
Coaching is led by John Crawley (Cambridge University, Lancashire, Hampshire and 50 caps for England) who, in the latter stages of his playing career, was involved in developing and nurturing the potential of elite emerging county players. The Club is fortunate to have considerable professional coaching support from the following:
Merwe Genis – UCBSA level 3 coach and School cricket professional
Mal Loye – Northants, Lancashire and England and ECB Level 4 coach: specialist batting coach
John Wake – Bedfordshire and the longest serving master i/c cricket at Oundle: specialist spin bowling coach
Tshepo Moreki – Cape Cobras and OTCC overseas professional; UCBSA level 2 coach: specialist bowling coach
Bashrat Hussain – OTCC captain and ECB level 3 coach: specialist bowling coach
Steven Jennings – ECB Level 2 coach: specialist batting and wicket-keeping coach
Mark Callun – ECB level 3 coach specialising in U13 age group development
Patricia Hankins - ECB Level 2 coach and CDO for girls’ cricket the region
The School runs a winter programme comprising five two hour sessions per week (including a session for U14 girls) after the October Exeat which are optional, and all keen cricketers are encouraged to attend. Girls' cricket is a focus and specialist coaching is provided, with the aim of developing regular summer fixtures in the near future.
In 2015, the first phase of the School’s Sport Master Plan saw the completion of the new Cricket Pavilion, a state-of-the-art building for players and spectators to enjoy. Other facilities include: a 1st XI pitch with an immaculate new outfield; 8 superbly maintained grass pitches; a brand new, fully enclosed facility comprising ten all-weather Astroturf nets laid to provide different paces and levels of bounce and spin, three of which are purpose built for bowling machines and technical coaching; and ten newly-laid grass nets (ready for 2017). There are also ten further artificial nets.
The Club fields sixteen teams from U12 to 1st XI during the season with block fixtures against all the major cricket schools in our region, in addition to fixtures against schools further afield such as Eton and Shrewsbury. The Club also hosts a prestigious annual fixture against the MCC and hosts at least one international touring team per year. Tours with various age groups have visited the West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia. The 1st XI take part in the prestigious Silk Trophy at the end of the year, whilst the U15s enjoy competition in a festival involving St Peter’s, York, Trent College and Cheltenham College.
The U14s now take part in a pre-season tour each year to the West Country, and a major overseas tour takes place every three years. The next one is scheduled for the 1st XI and U15s to Sri Lanka over Easter 2017.
The Club has close links with Oundle Town CC and is proud of its link with the local community, with whom we share many facilities. Oundle is an MCC Foundation coaching hub and has pioneered the success of this programme; it is also a Northamptonshire 2nd XI county ground.
For any questions about cricket at Oundle please feel free to contact John Crawley: firstname.lastname@example.org
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