Pippa Middleton was among the spectators watching this year’s Cricketer Cup final on August 14. The royal bridesmaid was at London Shenley Club in Hertfordshire to support Alex Loudon, captain of the Eton Ramblers, who lost heavily to Old Malvernians.
While the paparazzi busied themeselves photographing Pippa’s dress (red with polka-dots, for the record) Loudon’s team lost the toss and were put in to bat. The side, winners in 1992 and 2001, failed to apply themselves and struggled to 141 from their 50 overs – Loudon top-scoring with 48. In reply Malvern never looked in trouble and chased the target down for the loss of four wickets with 18 overs to spare. The victory is Malvern’s seventh, making them the second most successful team in the tournament’s history, after Oundle Rovers.
The Cricketer Cup has been contested by old boys school sides since the late 1960s. The 32 teams travel up and down the country in a straight knockout tournament with five rounds of games held, usually held on Sundays. There is no relegation or promotion but this year a second tier of Old Boys cricket – the Cricketer Trophy – was introduced with a view to possibly expanding the number of teams in the Cricketer Cup proper.
In the inaugural Cricketer Trophy final, Old Hurstjohnians beat Denstone Wanderers by 64 runs at Merchant Taylor’s School on August 21. Winning the toss and batting first, the Old Hurstjohnians reached an under-par 196 all out. However, tight seam bowling and a couple of foolish runouts prevented Denstone from making good progress. Only one batsman reached double figures as the side were dismissed for 132.