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 and girl 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.
The School runs a winter programme comprising five two hour sessions per week after the October Exeat which are optional, and all keen cricketers are encouraged to attend.
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; eight 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 grass nets. 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. The most recent tour for the 1st teams went to South Africa over Easter 2018.
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.