OB Club Cricket

OBCC Fixtures 2016

Date Start Opponents Ground Match Manager
Fri 30 June 1.30pm Blundell’s School Blundell’s Joe Smith
Wed 13 July 11.30am Old Tauntonians CC Taunton School Chad Murrin
Tues 19 July 12.00pm Denstone Wanderers CC Blundell’s Chad Murrin
Mon 25 July 12.00pm Sou’westers Blundell’s Justin Williams
Sun 11 Sept 1.00pm Lynton & Lynmouth Lynton John Freeman

Match Managers

Club Captain

Umpire

  • John Smith: 01884 840798

Scorer

  • Di Wadsworth: 01395 512014, 07729 157613

Catering Manager

  • Mrs Sue Beale: 01884 252619

Olympic Cricket Match at Blundell’s 24th July 2012

France versus the Old Blundellian Cricket Club for the Olympic Cricket Trophy

Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012 - spectators at the Beale Centre

The Olympic Games at Paris in 1900 featured cricket for the only time in cricket history. The final was between France and an English team drawn from the West Country including four Old Blundellians and several Castle Cary players. To mark the year of the London Games, the French National side, selected and supported by the French Cricket Federation, visited the West Country to play the Old Blundellian Cricket Club and, two days later, Castle Cary.

Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012 Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012

Much to the relief of the organisers, a beautiful English summer’s day dawned over Big Field at Blundell’s to welcome the two teams. Victor Marks, late of England and Somerset, marked his retirement from international cricket by captaining the OBCC XI which included five Old Boys from the Tiverton district. France was led by Mark Moodley, born in Dorset, but resident in France for 24 years. A traditional all day game was agreed with 20 overs to be bowled from 5.30pm onwards to conclude the match.

France won the toss and, rather unusually put OBCC in to bat. The wicket was true, if a little slow after recent deluges. An idyllic scene unfolded with the tree lined ground patrolled by knowledgeable ex cricketers dressed for the occasion in cravats/club ties, linen suits and panamas. The French decision to bowl looked good when OBCCs much fancied opener, Andy Giles, was dismissed in the first over by Tom Liddiard, latterly a member of Durham University MCC Centre of Excellence and currently, with 17 caps, representing Paris University CC. The ship was steadied by Adam Gingell (36) and Jack Menheneott (48). The players joined 100 spectators in the marquee for lunch with the OBCC 129 for 4 and the match finely poised. Both captains were interviewed by South West ITV during the interval.

Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012 - Old Blundellians Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012 - Old Blundellians

Temperatures were in the high 20s and drinks intervals were taken every hour to rehydrate the players. Spectators enjoyed a decisive partnership between Mike Coe who caressed the crimson rambler to the ropes (with acknowledgement to Neville Cardus) and Henry Weekes, who befitting a prop forward, bludgeoned the ball to parts far and wide in his innings of 52 not out. Tom Liddiard finished with a very creditable 4 for 36 and the crowd felt the game could be won by either side.

France began cautiously and looked to be going well until Jack Menheneott was introduced into the OBCC attack. His flight and leg spin beguiled the French who lost 4 quick wickets before the tea interval. A brief flurry between Oliver Jenner and Tom Liddiard put the French nearly back on track and as the last 20 overs ticked away, despite more Menheneott wickets, it looked as though a draw was possible. However, an inspirational decision by captain Vic Marks to bring back Adam Gingell resulted in the last two French batsmen being clean bowled in the 18th over of the last 20. Jack Menheneott finished with the remarkable figures of 8 for 29.

Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012 - awards ceremony Olympic Cricket Match, 24th July 2012 - the trophy

Post-match liquid refreshment and food was taken and OBCC Treasurer Chad Murrin presented Mark Moodley with a framed photo of Blundell’s in 1900 plus a case of local Yearlstone champagne (or do we have to say ‘sparkling wine’?). The Olympic Cup was accepted by Vic Marks and Jack Menheneott received a French cap as man of the match. As shadows lengthened over Big Field, tentative discussions began about a rematch. OBCC in Paris next summer – bring it on!

Paddy Armstrong

OBCC Fixtures 2012

Date Start Opponents Ground Match Manager
Mon 4 June 11.30 Castle Cary CC Castle Cary Chad Murrin
Thurs 5 July 11.30 Blundell’s School Blundell’s Joe Smith
Wed 18 July 11.30 Old Tauntonians Blundell’s Chad Murrin
Mon 23 July 12.00 Sou’westers Blundell’s Chad Murrin
Tues 24 July 11.30 France Blundell’s Chad Murrin
Wed 25 July 12.00 Devon Dumplings Blundell’s Chad Murrin
Sun 9 Sept 11.00 Lynton & Lynmouth Lynton John Freeman

Match Managers

Club Captain

Umpires

  • Ron Prosser: 01271 323715
  • John Smith: 01884 840798

Scorer

  • Di Wadsworth: 01395 512014, 07729 157613

Catering Manager

  • Mrs Sue Beale: 01884 252619

OBCC 60th Anniversary Dinner

The first OBCC matches were organised by Ted Crowe in 1951. We have decided to hold a special 60th Anniversary Dinner to mark this historic moment. This will be held on Saturday, 1st October 2011 in the splendid new Long Room in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion at Somerset CCC at Taunton.

This should be a memorable occasion, which we hope will be supported by a large number of past and current OB cricketers and supporters. The OBCC has invited Vic Marks to be our Principal Guest Speaker. Spouses and partners are welcome at the Dinner.

Ticket price £45 per head (£30 for OB’s who Blundell’s left after 2002)
The Ticket Price includes a pre-Dinner Reception, a three course meal (vegetarian option available) with wine. Please advise any special seating or dietary arrangements at the time of application.
Time 7.15 for 8.00 pm
Dress Black tie or lounge suits
Application Form Please download, print and complete this form (a PDF document).
In case of queries Tel. 01884 232010 or Email: obclub@obclub.co.uk

 

Report: OB Cricket Club in 2010 (Chad Murrin)

The headlines: four wins, two defeats, decent weather with only the Sidmouth game cancelled, but once again a struggle to raise full sides.

There were some notable performances. Sam Smith and Justin Williams made centuries, with Joe Smith, Ed Sharp, Harry McDowell and Andy Giles also scoring heavily. There were also fine bowling performances from Matt Weeks and Mike Coe.

In a high scoring match against the School, Ned Menheneott compiled his maiden century, as the School amassed 272. In reply, a good start by James Goode and Harry McDowell set the scene for Ed Sharp to steer the OB’s to a three wicket win.

In the Cricket Week, we despatched the Sou’westers, Devon Dumplings and Old Tauntonians in the first three games. The best performance was against the Dumplings, where we chased down 266, led by Toby Lett (87) and Joe Smith (53) with Liam Lewis (47*) steering the ship home. Against the OT’s, an opening partnership of 225 between Sam Smith (151*) and Ben Walter (105) enabled us to declare at 312-3.

In the last game of the cricket week, against a strong Somerset Stragglers side, we lost off the very last ball of the match. The Stragglers posted 310-9 and our reply faltered despite 53 from Andy Giles. Our final pair, Ned Menheneott and Chad Murrin, held out heroically for 14 overs, but Ned succumbed to the final ball, having batted beautifully again.

Our final match was in the spectacular setting in the Valley of the Rocks with the customary hospitality from Lynton & Lynmouth. Batting first on a damp wicket, the OB’s were buddle out for only 105. The home side knocked these off, delayed only by a tidy spell from Mike Coe.

Congratulations to Joe and Sam Smith on playing frequently for Devon U-21. Sam also played for the Devon senior side in minor games.
Many thanks once again to Sue Beale and Sue Atkins for the match catering in The Colin Beale Centre, and to Paddy Armstrong for running our bar. John Smith prepared his usual good pitches for us. Thanks also to Tony Hill, Ron Prosser and John Wadsworth for umpiring and Di Wadsworth for scoring.

2010 Results

8th July at Blundell’s

Blundell’s School 272 (N. Menheneott 123, T Lett 30, J.C. Murrin 3-45, E. Sharp 3-56)
OBCC 273-7 (E. Sharp 86*, H. McDowell 75, J. Goode 46)
Won by 3 wickets

26th July at Blundell’s

OBCC 266-3 (J. Williams 105, J. Smith 51*, C. Harding 38)
Sou’Westers 154 (A. Thomas 66, M. Weeks 5-34)
Won by 112 runs

27th July at Blundell’s

Devon Dumplings 266-8 (B. Kennedy 156, R. Pyle 43, M.C. Coe 3-85)
OBCC 268-8 (T. Lett 87, J. Smith 53, L. Lewis 47*, C. Kelmere 5-82)
Won by 2 wickets

28th July at Blundell’s

OBCC 312-3 (S. Smith 151, B. Walter 103, A.R. Giles 36*)
Old Tauntonians 192 (C. Williams 79, H. Kelly 57, D. Penberthy 5-39, R. Longstreet 3-27)
Won by 120 runs

29th July at Blundell’s

Somerset Stragglers 310-9 (B. Trepass 49, S. Shaikh 47, G. Parsons 39, D. Hawkins 48, L. Lewis 3-60)
OBCC 200 (A.R. Giles 53, N. Menheneott 43, H. Coetzee 3-46)
Lost by 110 runs

11th September at The Valley of the Rocks

OBCC 105 (R. Pugsley 37, D. Proctor 3-18)
Lynton & Lynmouth CC 106-3 (N. Bowen 50, M.C. Coe 3-19)
Lost by 7 wickets

Report: OB Cricket Club in 2009 (Chad Murrin)

Wet, miserable weather throughout the Summer made for a generally disappointing season.  Two matches were rained off completely, two more were abandoned halfway though, and only three games were completed.  To cap it all, we were unable to raise a team to play Lynton on the last day of the season in September, when the sun shone gloriously.

Having had many players available in 2008, we expanded the fixture list but then really struggled to raise teams.  As a result, we have reduced the number of games in 2010 and urge OB’s interested in playing to make a note of the dates and apply early to the match managers. "Use it or lose it" is the message about OB cricket!

After a gap of a few years, we were able to schedule an all day game against The School in 2009.  Joe Smith did an excellent job in raising a strong side of young OB’s, with The School XI captained by his younger brother Sam.  The OB’s batted first and had reached 211-4 when the rain came and ended proceedings.  Simon Sobczak and Will Gingell made half-centuries and Liam Lewis was cutting lose at the end.

The Cricket Week at the end of July was largely ruined by rain.  We had the best of an exciting game against the Sou’Westers.  Cameron Granger batted with assurance and style to steer the OB’s to 188-5 dec.  The visitors looked to be cruising but a late collapse prompted by Guy Bucknell (4-29) and Dougie Reed almost snatched victory.

Against the Devon Dumplings, Bucknell (90) starred with the bat, sharing a large opening partnership with Chris Harding (58).  The Dumplings made a good start to their innings, when the match was abandoned at tea.  The games against the Old Tauntonians and Somerset Stragglers were rained off.

In August we had an evening game against Tiverton Heathcoat and an afternoon game at Sidmouth.  We were defeated in both, but there were useful performances from the younger OB’s and current Blundellians – Simon and Will Sobczak, Sam Lockwood, Justin Williams and Tom Rossiter.

Many thanks once again to Sue Beale and Sue Atkins for the match catering in The Colin Beale Centre, and to John Smith for his heroic battles against the rain.  Thanks also to John Wadsworth and Ron Prosser for umpiring and Di Wadsworth and Tony Hill for scoring.

2009 Results

2nd July at Blundell’s

OBCC 211-4 (S. Sobczak 68, W.Gingell 56, L. Lewis 40*, J. Williams 2-31) v The School
Match abandoned – rain

27th July at Blundell’s

OBCC 188-5 dec. (L. Tillbrook 43, C. Granger 65*, H. Weekes 27)
Sou’Westers 168-9 (S. Halliday 68, S. Gray 51, G. Bucknell 4-29, D. Reed 3-42)
Match Drawn

28th July at Blundell’s

OBCC 196-7 (G. Bucknell 90, C. Harding 58)
Devon Dumplings 62-1
Match drawn – rain

11th August at Knightshayes

Tiverton Heathcoat 183-3 in20 overs (P. Randerson 38, L. Lewis 41, H. Adams 31)
OBCC 139-8 in 20 overs (S. Sobczak 44, S. Lockwood 65)
Lost by 44 runs

12th August at Sidmouth

Sidmouth CC 308-3 in 40 overs (J. Bess 108, S. Patidar 105)
OBCC 242-9 in 40 overs (J. Williams 67, W. Sobczak 53, T. Rossiter 20)
Lost by 64 runs

Report: OB Cricket Club in 2008 (Chad Murrin)

OB Cricket Week | Ted Crowe Memorial Match | Ted Crowe Room
OBCC Committee | Congratulations

This report is also available as a PDF document (107 KB)

Blundell's 1st XI
Big Field at Blundell’s, with the Colin Beale Centre in the background

The OBCC exists to carry on the activities of a cricket club for OB’s and promote and support interest in and the playing of cricket at the School. The Club was formed by Ted Crowe in 1951 and he ran it in his inimitable style until his death at the end of January. Transitional arrangements were rapidly put in place, with Steering Committees respectively formed to run the Club and its cricket programme, and the OBCC Box at the County Ground at Taunton.

The OB Cricket Week

The rebuilding of our traditional Cricket Week gathered momentum this year. The programme of matches was expanded and some good cricket was played, despite generally disappointing weather.

Sue Beale and Sue Atkins kindly took over the match catering and looked after us superbly in The Colin Beale Centre. The bold decision was taken to discontinue boiled potatoes and jugs of condensed milk at lunch, but treacle tart continued to feature to appease the traditionalists. The lunches were excellent and the Club hosted a supper for our old friends the Sou’westers at the start of the Week, marking our first match since Ted Crowe’s passing.

Raising sides was relatively straightforward, with Henry Weekes and Joe Smith rounding up many younger OB’s. Nigel Alderman and Chris Harding added valuable experience, and there were also impressive debuts by Guy Bucknell from the School staff and Canon Mark Rylands from the Governors.

In our first match, most of the batsmen contributed to a decent total of 246 after a sound opening partnership by Bucknell and Jamie Murrin. In reply, the Sou’westers were restricted by a typical long spell of economic bowling by John Hall, but we could not force victory. 

After a wash-out on Tuesday, the Wednesday game saw us again prevail over the Old Tauntonians, who had an uncomfortable lunch at 85-8. Toby Clayton, Adam Gingell and Matt Weeks bowled notably well. The OT’s were eventually dismissed for 186. Chris Harding and Andy Giles led the chase, adding 72 for the first wicket. Adam Gingell then hit the OT’s to all parts, adding 98 with Andy Giles to see us to a seven wicket win.

A most welcome development was the resumption of fixtures with the Somerset Stragglers, which was kindly arranged by Hugh Duder, who is both an OB and the Stragglers’ President. We agreed to play the first T20 match in the OBCC’s history, in an evening game at Taunton Deane CC. Expertly skippered by Henry Weekes, the OB’s limited the Stagglers to 128 in their 20 overs. Liam Lewis, Jack Menheneott, Nick James and Sam Rlands bowled economically. Gingell and Lewis then set the tone at the start of our innings, followed by Mark Rylands and Chris Reed doing the hard work in the engine room. It was left to Henry Weekes to steer the ship home in the dark and we won with four balls to spare.

Thanks again to Sue Beale and Sue and Ivor Atkins. John Wadsworth and Ron Prosser kindly umpired and Di Wadsworth scored, and John Smith and his team prepared super pitches at Blundell’s and ensured that the ground looked magnificent.

The Ted Crowe Memorial Match at Lynton

Lynton and Lynmouth CC
Lynton and Lynmouth CC

As a special tribute, our traditional Ondaatje Match between the OBCC and Lynton & Lynmouth CC was designated as a Memorial Game for Ted Crowe (it will revert to being the Ondaatje match in 2009). John Freeman kindly managed the OBCC side, which comprised all OB’s or current Blundellians.

The OBCC party at Lynton for the Ted Crowe Memorial Match in September
The OBCC party at Lynton for the Ted Crowe Memorial Match in September

It is always a privilege to play on the beautiful ground at Valley of the Rocks, and we were fortunate to enjoy a beautiful September day and some splendid hospitality. The OB’s proved too strong on this occasion for the home side, which was stretched by having to field a team also in a cup final at Braunton. As a result, the magnificent Glenthorne Cup returns to Tiverton!

2008 Results

28th July at Blundell’s

OBCC 246-8 dec (L. Tillbrook 70, J. Smith 48, A. Giles 25*, J. Murrin 24, G. Bucknell 21)
Sou’westers 211 for 8 wkts (P. Barford 53, J. Hall 5-68, M. Weeks 2-62)
Match drawn.

29th July at Blundell’s

OBCC v Devon Dumplings. Match cancelled – rain.

30th July at Blundell’s

Old Tauntonians 186 (E. Phelps 100*, T. Clayton 3-32, M. Weeks 3-34, C. Murrin 2-16)
OBCC 187 for 3 wkts (A.Giles 62*, A. Gingell 58*, C. Harding 34)
OBCC won by 7 wickets.

4th August at Taunton Deane CC

Somerset Stragglers 128-7 in 20 overs (J. Menheneott 3-15, L. Lewis 2-20)
OBCC 129-7 in 19.2 overs (M. Rylands 38, C. Reed 29)
Won by 3 wickets.

14th September at The Valley of The Rocks

OBCC  223-7 dec (S. Smith 59, A. Giles 53, R Pugsley 31*)
Lynton & Lynmouth CC 70 (H. Folland 4-7, R. Pugsley 3-29)
Won by 153 runs

The Ted Crowe Room at the County Ground at Taunton

At the beginning of the season, the OBCC Box at Somerset CCC was renamed "The Ted Crowe Room", which tribute was on the initiative of Sir Christopher Ondaatje (whose remarkable generosity created the Box nearly 20 years ago).

Richard White seized the initiative and formed a steering group, which moved quickly to contact all previous members and put in place a Committee to manage the Box. John Hollands has acted as Chairman in 2008, and the crucial roles of Room Co-ordinator and Treasurer were taken by David Dobson and John Drewett respectively. Other members of the Committee are Nigel Preston and Chad Murrin. 

Membership of the Crowe Room is open to all members of the Old Blundellian Club and, by invitation, to others. By the end of the season, there were 85 paid up members. There were over 50 days of 1st XI cricket at the County Ground in 2008 and the Crowe Room was open for the vast majority of them.

During the Summer, the OBCC entertained Andy Nash (Chairman of Somerset CCC) to lunch and many other distinguished visitors included Roy Kerslake (Somerset CCC President and Richard Gould (Chief Executive). In May, Grant Dee Shapland organised a re-union of OB contemporaries from 1980-81, and it was excellent to see Hugh Morris (Managing Director of the ECB) at this along with John Bailey, John Burgoyne, Neil Goodfellow, Phil Whitlock, Rob Taverner, Jon McKinnel, Jon Beard, Mike Coe, Shaun Watts, Christian Brook, Will Carden and others.

In late August, the OBCC hosted a group of younger OB cricketers at the day-night televised Pro-40 game between Somerset and Worcestershire, which ended in a high scoring tie. Henry Weekes, Adam Gingell, Tom Heard, Greg Lock, Liam Lewis, Jack Menheneoot were prominent and we were pleased to welcome also Rob Turner and his family and John Smith (Chairman of Tiverton Heathcoat CC). A couple of weeks later, Rob Turner brought a group of 20 Blundellian cricketers to watch an afternoon of county cricket. From the staff, Alistair Deighton-Gibson, Huw Thomas and Ian Chick were in attendance.

No other former pupils’ association enjoys a facility equal to the Ted Crowe Room at Taunton. The key contacts for membership in 2012 and to book in to visit are:

Membership   To book in
John Drewett (Room Treasurer)
Park Mount, Castle Cary,
Somerset BA7 7EP
Telephone: 01963 350309
David Dobson (Room Co-ordinator)
Tremanis, Poughill, Bude,
Cornwall EX23 9ET
Telephone: 01288 353366
E-mail: dobsond@gotadsl.co.uk

OBCC Committee

Name Role Special responsibility
Andy Giles Chairman  
Chad Murrin Treasurer/Secretary Ted Crowe Box
Hugh Duder    
Joe Smith Cricket Manager  
Rob Turner Co-opted Blundell’s cricket
Henry Weekes   Young OB cricketers

Toby Clayton has been appointed as the Club’s Hon. Auditor. John Hollands and Sir Christopher Ondaatje continue as President and Patron respectively.

Congratulations

OB’s may have missed that Liam Lewis (OH & SF 2001-05) became the latest Old Blundellian to play first class cricket. He represented Loughborough UCCE against Somerset and Hampshire in 2007.

Simon Wright (OH 1996-2003) was selected as one of the finalists for the Sky Sports Award for Young Coach of the Year. Simon is an ECB Level 3 coach and works for the Somerset Cricket Board. He has been the principal cricket coach delivering the Chance to Shine programme, taking competitive cricket to state schools in West Somerset.