Old Alleynian Cricket Secretary: Charles Fellows Smith (66-75) Email: charlesfs @ fsmail.net Round 1 (H) 12 June : Eton Ramblers 151-7 (25 overs), OAs 152-6 (WA MacVicar 73 not out) Round 2 (H) 26 June : Shrewsbury Saracens 203-8 (35 overs), OAs 204- 7 (JM Lawrence 118)
Round 3 (A) 10 July: OAs 67 all out, Old Malvernians 68-1
A fortnight later the second round match with Shrewsbury followed a similar pattern. The Dulwich College ground staff worked miracles to get the game underway on the Trevor Bailey ground and the OAs did well to keep a strong Saracens side in check in an innings reduced to 35 overs. The OA reply was dominated by a brutal display of hitting from Josh Lawrence (02-07), many of his eight sixes landing on the old tennis courts beyond long off. His 118 from only 87 deliveries not only won the game but earned him a rightful place on the new Cricketer Cup Honours Board in the Pavilion Salle. The reward for this was an overnight trip to Worcestershire to face Cup holders Malvern in the third round. No rain this time, but a strong OA batting side blown away by an impressive bowling attack leaving plenty of time for the long return home to South London. A disappointing exit maybe, but plenty to build on in future seasons following the introduction of several new players from recent strong College sides. The Cricketer Cup celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Old Alleynians
are yet to win the competition and the 1974 Final defeat to Winchester still remains the highlight of our participation. We now lie in 15th place in the Merit Table amongst the 35 sides who have competed in the Cup over the past half century.
Charles Fellows Smith
Following five consecutive first round defeats from 2011-2015, expectations were not over optimistic when faced with a tough looking draw for 2016. However, OAs acquitted themselves extremely well this year with notable victories over highly regarded opponents before succumbing to eventual winners Malvern. Owing to heavy overnight rain, the first round match with 2015 finalists Eton began late and was reduced from 50 to 25 overs per side. Will MacVicar (05-10) was the only batsman to find the conditions to his liking and his unbeaten 73 saw the OAs home with overs to spare.
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