OA 2024 Issue 05


OA CRICKET The OAs managed three fixtures in 2023 – a 40 over game against Alleyn Cricket Club, the first round of the Cricketer Cup against Eton, and the annual T20 against the College XI. The first of these three fixtures was played in bright sunshine on the 1st XI square at the College. It acted as a good warm-up for the first round of the Cricketer Cup, with OAs involved in both the OA and Alleyn CC sides. Unfortunately, the second fixture – an already tough first-round draw against Eton – was played in slightly less cricket-friendly conditions. Eton batted first and batted well, finishing their 50 overs on 378–8. The OAs responded positively and with 20 overs of the OA innings gone, the game was relatively evenly positioned with the OAs 91–1 and Josh Lawrence (02-07) and Jake Scarisbrick (07-18) looking very comfortable on 57 and 20 respectively. Sadly, it was at this point that the rain came down and the game was abandoned, with Eton emerging victorious and through to the second round of the competition on superior run-rate. As has become custom over the last couple of years, the OAs concluded the season with a hotly contested T20 against the College XI. Once again, this fixture tied in with the annual OA reunion evening and made for a great occasion for all involved. The OAs emerged as victors, finishing the season with two wins and one loss from their three fixtures. Looking forward to the 2024 season, the OAs have drawn Wellington College at home on Sunday 9 June. Any OA support would be most welcome! Alex Rackow (10-15), Captain of OA Cricketer Cup Team

OA MUSLIM COMMUNITY The OA Muslim Community was launched last year. This year the journey began in earnest as we sought to foster a unique sense of belonging among our alumni. Our inaugural summer BBQ marked the beginning of this venture, creating a platform for reconnection and new friendships. I had the pleasure of hosting one of our gatherings, further strengthening our communal bonds. We are deeply thankful for the steadfast support of Robert Weaver, Reverend Tim Buckler and Trevor Llewelyn, whose encouragement has been pivotal in our success. Our various meet-ups and events have not only rekindled old connections but also introduced us to numerous successful Muslim alumni worldwide. Our interactions with the current Islamic Society, including talks and advice sessions from notable alumni like Hamza Noor (99–05), have been particularly enriching. The support extended to Dulwich graduates transitioning to university life has been a source of pride, demonstrating the strength and utility of our network during challenging times. Looking ahead, we’re excited about our next big event – our first Dulwich Iftar at the College, this event promises to be a beautiful occasion for all, regardless of religious backgrounds, to share in the communal spirit of breaking fast. We encourage everyone interested to get in touch, as we continue to expand our vibrant community.

OA BADMINTON The third annual Dulwich College versus Old Alleynian badminton match attracted record numbers this year, with 13 OAs travelling to the College, and Ashley Chiu (11-15) making his way from Plymouth to be with us. The round robin competition saw the alumni team nudge over the line to win the team competition for the second year in a row. It was very encouraging to see some terrific performances from the students, showing that the sport continues to thrive at the College. The post-event pizza in the Village was very well attended and looks to become something of a tradition. The club is thriving, with the numbers continuing to grow: we now have nearly 30 names on the database. There is good news too for individual members. Felix Wright (18-23) has recently won the U19 English Championship and looks set to make his mark in the Senior ranks next year. Read more about his badminton journey in an interview elsewhere in the magazine.

Uzair Ismail Malda (10-17) OAMuslims@gmail.com

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