Cricket at Oakham
It is known that the boys of Oakham School were playing cricket during the nineteenth century, and the first known reference is to a match, which was won, against Grantham College in 1821, with the rules of the School Cricket Club being drawn up in 1836. In 1884 the School celebrated its Tercentenary, and since then full details of all cricket matches played by the 1st X1 have been kept. An annual Statistical History is published (contact BN2@oakham.rutland.sch.uk) and all match cards since 1884 are published on www.cricketarchive.com . Since 1884 up to the beginning of the 2013 season, excluding t20 matches, the X1 has played 1810 matches (won 586, lost 586, drawn 626, tied 12).
S.C.J.Broad, P.G.Cook, C.F.D.Morgan, Y.A.Tariq, and I.D.Saxelby have represented ECB U19 in recent years.
Director of Cricket to the end of the 2012 season was Frank Hayes (Lancashire and England), but his role has now been taken by John Crawley (Cambridge, Lancashire, Hampshire and England) from the beginning of the 2013 season.
Between 1846 and 1849 Old Oakhamian R.T.King gained Cambridge Blues, as did C.Warren in 1866; J.J.Bull won an Oxford Blue in 1999. R.T.King, K.H.Pearce, A.E.Wright J.Atter, H.Burgess, J.Burgess, J.W.Bradshaw, and J.A.S.Taylor played for Leicestershire, A.W.Cursham and P.Vaulkard played for Nottinghamshire and then Derbyshire, C.R.Morris and P.R.Forman played for Nottinghamshire, S.H.G.Humfrey and F.K.Thornton played for Northamptonshire, and A.P.F.Chapman played for Cambridge, Kent, and England (having attended the School in his early years before migrating elsewhere).
Presently playing First Class cricket are: S.C.J. (Stuart) Broad (Leicestershire, then Nottinghamshire, and England), M.A.G. (Matthew) Boyce, J.J. (Josh) Cobb and A.C.F. (Alex) Wyatt (Leicestershire), I.D. (Ian) Saxelby (Gloucestershire), and T.C. (Tom) Fell (Oxford MCCU, with a second half of summer contract with Worcestershire).
Directions to the school:
School Map (1st XI cricket is played on Doncaster Close):
Further information can be found at www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk.