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July 14, 2021

20-year Cricket Reunion

A report by Tom Pugh (1995-2000)

“Nine players from the 1st cricket XI of 2000 returned to Lonsdale Road on 26 June to watch the current XI take on Reed’s School. The event was over a year in the making, as a result of a 2020 postponement, but the turnout was excellent and we were delighted to be joined by Gwyn Hughes and Peter King.

The XI has the honour of being one of just three unbeaten XIs since WW2 (1970 and 1987 being the others) and the team spirit that made them unbeaten was soon evident among much laughter and reminiscing. Gwyn looked not a day older than when we left school in 2000 and we were delighted to see that Peter still holds such an interest in school cricket.

The returning players noted the huge improvements in the outfield but lamented the demise of our beloved hooped 1st XI cap. Sadly our visit was curtailed by (all too familiar) rain but we swiftly reassembled at the Bridge where we raised a glass to Malcolm Heath (the cricketing pro of our era, who sadly passed away in 2019) and made plans for 2040! Congratulations to the 1st XI on a well earned win against Reed’s School on the day. We would like to pay special thanks to Alex Wilson for helping us to organise the event and successfully navigate COVID protocols.”

If you would like to organise a cricket reunion, please contact Alex Wilson Master I/C Cricket.

(L-R) Paul Mann, Andrew Mason, Jamie Phillips, Roland Archdall, Tom Pugh, Lachlan Nieboer, Gwyn Hughes, Charlie Brooks, Josh Segall, David Methuen.


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