Oxford University Cricket Club

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Oxford University
Cricket at University Parks, Oxford.jpg
The club grounds in 2006
Personnel
Captain Toby Pettman
Coach Graham Charlesworth
Team information
Founded1827
Home ground University Parks
History
First-class debut Cambridge University
in 1827
at  Lord's
Official website www.cricketintheparks.org.uk

Oxford University Cricket Club (OUCC), which represents the University of Oxford, has always held first-class status since 1827 when it made its debut in the inaugural University Match between OUCC and Cambridge University Cricket Club (CUCC). It was classified as a List A team in 1973 only. [1] Home fixtures are played at the University Parks slightly northeast of Oxford city centre.

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History

A cricket match at The Parks, MCC Universities Championship 2006 Cricket at University Parks, Oxford 2.jpg
A cricket match at The Parks, MCC Universities Championship 2006

The earliest reference to cricket at Oxford is in 1673. OUCC made its known debut in the inaugural University Match between Oxford and Cambridge played in 1827. In terms of extant clubs being involved, this is the oldest major fixture in the world: i.e., although some inter-county fixtures are much older, none of the current county clubs were founded before 1839 (the oldest known current fixture is Kent versus Surrey).[ citation needed ]

The Magdalen Ground was used for the University Cricket Club's first match in 1829, and remain in regular use until 1880. [2] Bullingdon Green was used for two matches in 1843. [3] [4] The University Parks became the home ground of OUCC in 1881, [5] [6] when the Master of Pembroke, Evan Evans obtaining a lease on 10 acres of land there. [7] [8] The pavilion was designed by Thomas G. Jackson, architect of many nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Oxford buildings, including the University's Examination Schools. [7] The building has three gables, the central one containing the clock, and is topped by a cupola and weather-vane. [5] The pavilion contains a Long Room. [7] The two ends of the pitch are the Pavilion End and the Norham Gardens End. [9]

The University Match is now the club's sole first-class fixture each season. Apart from this annual game, played in late June or early July, OUCC operates as part of the Oxford University Centre of Cricketing Excellence (UCCE), which includes Oxford Brookes University. The UCCE was rebranded as Oxford MCC University (MCCU) prior to the 2010 season. The University Match is the only one in which a true OUCC team takes part: i.e., composed entirely of current Oxford students.[ citation needed ]

The Oxford University Centre of Cricketing Excellence (OUCCE) team played 26 first-class matches (not including one abandoned) from 2001 to 2009. [10] As Oxford Marylebone Cricket Club University, the team has played sixteen first-class matches from 2010 to 2016. [11]

Grounds

The five grounds that Oxford University have used for home first-class and List A matches since 1829 are listed below, with statistics complete through to the end of the 2014 season. Only the first-class and List A matches played at the ground by Oxford University are recorded in the table.

NameLocationFirstLastMatchesFirstLastMatchesRefs
First-class List A
Magdalen Ground Oxford 5 June 1829
v Cambridge University
20 May 1912
v South Africans
700 [12] [13]
Bullingdon Green Oxford 24 May 1843
v Marylebone Cricket Club
8 June 1843
v Cambridge University
20 [14] [15]
Christ Church Ground Oxford 3 June 1878
v Gentlemen of England
31 May 1961
v Australians
370 [16] [17]
University Parks
Cricket pavilion in University Parks, Oxford.jpg
Oxford 16 May 1881
v Marylebone Cricket Club
30 June 2014
v Cambridge University
73628 April 1973
v Leicestershire
7 May 1973
v Warwickshire
2 [18] [19] [20]
New College Ground
Sports ground off St Cross Road.jpg
Oxford 31 May 1906
v Yorkshire
30 May 1907
v South Africans
20 [21] [22]

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