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OJ Cricket Club

It has been some years since there has been an OJ Cricket team but, thanks to Honorary OJ Adrian Gale, a new team has been established captained by Oliver Hunt (North 2012-2017). The first game of this reformed OJCC v 1st X1 was played in June 2019.

The 40 overs a side game, followed by a barbecue and drinks, was much enjoyed by friends, family and supporters.  Mike Comer presented The Mike Comer Award to the winning team – the 1st X1 by 14 runs!

2020 will see a repeat of this fixture although not, hopefully, a repeat of the result! Thursday 25 June  is in the diary for the game so please make a note of it now. The game is likely to be a 40 over a side game starting at 2.00 pm with food and drink after the game as it was this year.

OJ cricketers have featured far and wide this year. Sam Burge (Churchill ‘07) and Simon Barrett (North ‘07) played, as they have done for a number of years, a major role in East Molesey C.C.’s winning of the Surrey Championship 1st XI Premier League title for the first time for a very long time. It was fitting that their partnership of 131 (Barrett, 67 not out; Burge, 89) contributed enormously to securing their Premiership title in their penultimate game of the season against Banstead. More recent OJ, Ben Geddes (North ’19), played a number of games for Surrey 2’s this year whilst in his final summer at St John’s. George Kruis (Churchill ’08 ) wasn’t the only OJ to feature in a World Cup campaign either with Phil Scott (Churchill ‘04), in his role as the ECB’s Strength and Conditioning coach, working with the England cricket team during their World Cup winning campaign and also their Ashes series.

St John’s and Old Johnian cricket has much to recommend it and also to be proud of. I hope you will enjoy joining me in taking it forward. Please get in touch as and when via abgale@stjohns.surrey.sch.uk with your thoughts and suggestions about how we might do this.