OD Cricket

The Old Decanain Cricket Club is a thriving aspect of the Old Decanian sporting activities. Every year the club hold a cricket week and also a match versus the School.

The ODCC Committee:

President R. D.  Lane Esq.
Hon Chairman T. G. Odell Esq.
Hon Treasurer  T. Lawrence Esq.
Hon Secretary J. C. B. Winter Esq.

If you would like to get in contact with any of the committee please email Alex Hume and he will be able to forward on your enquiry.


Before attending any of the fixtures please ensure you have been in contact with Alex Hume as the fixtures can be subject to change.

    20/20 – ODCC vs DCS (Home – 1pm)
    20/20 – Over 25s vs Under 25s (Home – 6pm)
    BBQ afterwards – all welcome
    Dumbleton CC (Away – 2pm)
    Gloucestershire Gipsies (Home – 11:30am)

OD BBQ all ODs and guests welcome, Kenyon Pavilion, 7pm

For full details of the fixtures and for captains contact details email Alex Hume in the OD Office.


Cricket at Commemoration: KNIGHTLEY’S 98 not out, all in vain!
A 30 over game at Commemoration saw some experienced ODs in action. Ollie Horne (63), James Humphries (44) and school skipper Sam Norwood (38) set up a very good foundation for the school’s total of 181-4. In reply the ODs within 3 overs were 3-3 with Charlie Hunte, Tom Warren and Mike Salmon back in the Pavilion! In strode Charlie Knightley, an experienced class player and a combination of himself Gregor Lovatt and skipper Sam Wheatley set about trying to write the semi sunken ship. A spectacular innings of 98 not out from OD and Felsted School’s Master in Charge of Cricket, Charlie Knightley, dominated, taking most of the strike, but in the end an early hiccup proved fatal to the OD side and the task was just too great. Time ran out and the OD side fell 22 runs short.

Knife Edge Finishes for OD Cricketers during Cricket Week.

Thursday 13th June

Alternative commitments for many regular OD cricketers led to a decision in good time to shorten the number of fixtures in the Cricket Week to just two. But what excellent, exciting, well-contested matches they proved to be.

Dumbleton batted first at their lovely Dairy Lane ground and lost opener Baldwin early, bowled by Sam Wheatley. An onslaught on the bowling by Aussie Cranitch followed and his five sixes and three fours shot his innings to 50 before Oli Horne had him stumped by Phil Nicholson. Veteran John Weaver got amongst the middle order in his four overs sending four back to the pavilion, conceding just 23 runs and, with Chris Townsend at the other end 2-12, restricted the home side to 156-9 in their 20 overs.

The OD reply had a couple of early disappointments, losing Mark Whitney and Townsend to Loveday. Young Oli Horne then had two key stands: firstly 40 with Sam Wheatley and then 43 with Matt Court. On 49, Oli fancied the deep mid-wicket boundary but his fine hit was caught well by Tegg right on the line. A couple of quieter overs followed, plus the loss cheaply of young Archie Benson. This brought Stuart Hughes together with skipper John Nicholson still needing 39 to win in four overs. Despite a string of boundaries and frantic running between the wickets, it still left 22 to win in the last over.

A new bowler Tegg was called from the deep and the OD pair took full advantage, hammering 18 off the first five balls, leaving four to win off the last ball…a swing, a miss, byes…three were run…but a tie was denied with Nicholson being called for a ‘one short’!

The result therefore was a Dumbleton win by one run! Stuart Hughes finishing with a superb unbeaten 19 off 9 deliveries and Nicholson 13.

Friday 14th June

A strong squad of ODs assembled for the Friday match v the Gloucestershire Gipsies giving skipper Matt Shayle a number of options. Oli Horne and Sam Wheatley restricted the visitors to 17 off the first 10 overs but then the run rate gradually increased to 75 off the first 20 with still no breakthrough. The score got to 137 before John Weaver had Sadler well caught by Matt Court. Cheltenham Town 1st XI top batsman, Kieran Smith, was then joined by another of his Saturday teammates, Pete Woodland. By now Smith was in full flow reaching an impressive century prior to Matt Court having him well caught in the deep by Oli Horne on the stroke of lunch. Shayle gave all his bowlers a go, nine in all, although it was he who bagged most wickets, 2 for 24 from his four overs. Under bowled perhaps were Horne 6-4-5-0, Wheatley 8-1-35-0 and Court 6-0-43-1, but the Gipsies very fair declaration came at 250-5 after 42 overs.

George Lane and Luca Cappuccini opened the ODs reply, with Lane striking the ball with authority in classic style and Luca hitting the off line ball well. They gave the innings a fine start before the latter went for 20. Like the day before, Sam Wheatley was in good form, giving Lane good support and they had a fine stand of 75 before both fell within a spell of a few minutes, Wheatley for 37 and Lane for a superb 66. Matt Court with 35 and Oli Cahill 32 strengthened the middle order and with the score at 215-6 and five overs to go in the last hour, all results looked on.

The Gipsies kept the spinners on to the death and they teased out Molyneaux and Paul Marchand cheaply but then, with Stuart Hughes managing to retain most of the strike and hitting out very effectively, just 13 were required in the last two overs. Alex Hume got in a tangle and was bowled by off spinner Woodland bringing last man Shayle in….Final over, 10 to win. First ball from Kieran Smith and Hughes slams it for a six over the pavilion, but two dot balls followed and then a bye run. Three to win off the last two balls, Matt Shayle was trapped LBW giving the Gipsies a two run win!

Thus the Doctor’s Trophy remains in their hands for another year.

Courtesy of the Old Decanian Society and the Development Team, the school caterers provided a magnificent post-match barbecue for both sides, ODs, former staff and friends of the School. Grateful thanks also to Rupert Lane, President of the ODCC, who stood all the players their first drink.


The school decreed that the match at Commemoration should be just a T20 which was a disappointment to some, however the OD’s put out a pretty good side and batting first set up a very useful total of 164, with fine contributions from Liam Brignull (52), Jack Hobbs (39) and Craig Graham (31). At 56-1 the School were looking good but wickets then started to fall to the steady OD bowling & were all out in the end for 135 in the last over. A well-deserved victory for the Old Boys.

In the Cricket Week the weather took its toll in the evening T20 Over 25’s v the Under 25’s match. The seniors batted first and finished up with 125 thanks to 50’s from Alex Hume and Matt Nicholson. The juniors innings lasted just three overs before the rain had its say finally. An excellent barbecue was though enjoyed by all.

At King’s, Gloucester the next day the OD’s skipper’s confidence in his batting proved misplaced with a final total of just barely three figures and the home side eased to an comfortable win. Important that a better show next year at home.

The Thursday 40 Over Dumbleton game again was most competitive and enjoyable. The home side started shakily losing two quick wickets to Charlie Hunte but their middle order restored their fortunes despite more good overs from Charlie and young Oli Horne, still in the Remove at school, who played in all the Week’s matches. Dumbleton’s innings finished at 182 in their last over. Charlie was again the visitors’ best batsman and his 56 anchored the OD’s reply. With 28 from Jack Hobbs and 22 from Ali Parker the side were 160-7 with five overs to go and looked favourites. However it was not to be and Dumbleton got home by just 10 runs in a tense finish.

Matt Shayle has taken over running the Friday Glos. Gipsies game and could not resist choosing to bat first on winning the toss……a mistake I am afraid, despite handy contributions from Anthony Thompson 34,Hunte 23 and 15 from the skipper and the Gipsies cantered home pretty easily to a 6 wicket victory, Thursday retaining the antique solid silver Doctor’s Trophy.

The school’s caterer’s put on a super barbecue after the match enjoyed by the players, OD golfers and many friends of the School. Our President Rupert Lane again generously provided drinks for all, and sincere thanks are due to him for this gesture.

Looking ahead to 2017.

Commemoration match Saturday 27th May 1pm start. Interested parties please contact skipper Sam Wheatley or Alex Hume in the OD office.

Cricket Week Tues 11th – Friday 14th July. More support would be appreciated for all matches to ensure the future of this very long standing OD tradition of Old Decanian cricket. Don’t forget no match fees and free accommodation at the school in The Week.

Jeremy Winter (Court 1961)


After a fine OD victory at Commem, the July Cricket Week highlight was certainly a wonderfully enjoyable afternoon at Dumbleton where John Nicholson’s well balanced side knocked up 210 all out in their 40 overs and then successfully restricted our hosts to 174-9 in a tense finish. Many highlights included a fine 77 from Matt Nicholson, Tom Warren’s quick-fire 34, a super tea put on by the club, followed then by some excellent bowling, ground fielding and catching by the O.D’s.

Earlier in the week on Monday evening the O.25’s modest 90-8 was comfortably exceeded by the U.25’s with Matt Wheeler 28 top score. An excellent barbecue put on by the stalwarts of the Committee was enjoyed by all.

King’s Glos. Old Boys came to DCS on Tuesday and their total of 263-9 was sadly far too many for the ODs despite Charlie Hunte scoring 44. Again, on Wednesday the Glos. Gipsies with a strong side were a bit too hot rattling up 258-3dec. The ODs could only reply with 195, thus the Doctor’s Trophy remains in the Gipsies hands. However afterwards the school caterers put on a splendid barbecue for all including local OD supporters, OD golfers and many friends of the school.

Firstly, as many of you will have heard, the excellent news is that Rupert Lane has accepted the Presidency of the club, after the sad passing of Chris Kenyon.

What’s to come in 2016

2016’s fixture list starts with the Commem match on Saturday 28th May. Interested parties need to contact Alex Hume and or Gregor Lovatt who will be Captain on the day.

The Cricket Week matches see a slight change with the T20 starting us off on the evening of Tuesday 12th July running through to Friday 15th July for the Gipsies game, as you will see from the fixture card; barbecues to follow those two games.

A few new faces are appearing to organise and captain sides and they will need your support to ensure the future of this longstanding OD event. No match fees and free accommodation at the school are surely an incentives to get involved!

The 2015 Player of the Week award was won by Dan Jones, not only for his fine consistent opening bowling but for playing in all of the Week’s matches.


After the disappointment of Commem 2014 being washed out, in the writer’s view (Mr. Winter), the OD Cricket Week 2014 was one of the most enjoyable and successful for many years.
Full sides, with many promising young cricketers playing, excellent off the field support at social events, almost fine weather throughout, plus the assistance of a very efficient young lady scorer, Amy Collinson for all the games made it a memorable event.
Please click on the drop down boxes (below) for a full report on individual matches from the cricket week. Courtesy of Jeremy Winter.

Congratulations to Charlie Hunte who was awarded Player of The Week for which he was given an Old Decanian striped cricket cap.


James Mears was the star for the over 25’s in the opening Monday evening T.20 event, with a match winning 66 not out. This pushed the side to a final 147-5, brother Brad adding 21 not out being the next best score. Sam Wheatley the most successful U.25’s bowler with 2-25.

With the early departure of Tom Warren it was left to Simon Slabbert (42 runs), Charlie Hunte (19), Jack Hobbs (16) and Jonny Cahill (24) to lead the run chase which narrowly failed by just 7. John Weaver 2-27 and Dave Masson 3-24 did most damage for the O.25’s.

An excellent post match barbecue was enjoyed by all and particular thanks to Mr & Mrs Odell, Mr & Mrs Marchand, Mr & Mrs Kenyon and Tim & Sue Lawrence for all their work.


Off to King’s School, Gloucester on Tuesday where sadly, after a fine morning with the ODS 149-4 in a fine position at lunch, steady rain started and continued to fall for over two hours and the match had to be abandoned….9 miles away in Cheltenham not a drop!


The annual wednesday game versus a very useful Gloucester Gipsies side again provided a stern test and in the end the Gipsies retained the fine solid silver Doctor’s Trophy, donated some years ago by Dr. John Andrews, a celebrated past Gipsy President.

I am afraid it was an Old Cheltonian, Kyle Stovold who was the Gipsy star batsman hitting a fine 101, supported by ex.Glos. player Richard Coughtrie 61 n.o. and former England rugby referee Chris White 36; their 246-4 dec. proved too much of a target for the ODS despite some spirited batting including a great knock of 74 from Charlie Hunte and good contributions from Ben ‘The Heed’ Davis (26), Tom Warren (24), Rory McInnes-Gibbons (19) & Simon Slabbert (18). With the ODS 185-9, skipper Chris Townsend (batting far too low!) came in to join Ben and had a good stand, but in the end the latter fell to Chris White’s gentle off spin with the score at 211, leaving Chris 18 n.o.

The match again was followed by a very successful and well supported Hog Roast for all players, local ODS, OD golfers and friends of the school. Grateful thanks again here are due to the Odells, Marchands, Kenyons, Lawrences, plus Alex Hume and the school’s Development team of Graham Papenfus and Felicity Copp. Our President Chris Kenyon and Sarah generously provided wine and snacks.


On paper the ODS strongest side of the week set forth to Dumbleton on thursday for a 40 over match with Tom Warren skipper. For exactly an hour the ODS innings was dominated by a superb knock of 94 from Tim Johnson whose innings included sixteen 4’s and three 6’s. This was followed by a another great 85 from Charlie Hunte and with 37 from Rory McInnes-Gibbons and 24 from Dan Jones the ODS posted an impressive 289-9 in their 40 overs.

Dumbleton however were not daunted by a target of seven an over and S.African Matt Macdonald mixed aggression with defence in compiling his long innings,with plenty of support from others despite fine bowling spells from Dan Jones 2-50, Ben Davis 2-34 and Rory. It was left in the end to Chris Townsend brilliantly catching Macdonald off Tom Warren for a superb 135 when the score was 270. The ODS held on to win by just 10 runs in a very exciting finish.


On an overcast afternoon, the ODs were entertained by Bourton Vale. In a game which I am yet to win as a captain I was rather keen to redress the balance!!!! The toss went our way which was a good start and as is normally a positive move, the ODs batted.

With a strong batting line up, the omens were good. Tom Warren and young Charlie Hunte opened up and made a really positive start with a stand of 78 in the first hour and thoughts of setting a challenging total were filtering through the team as some took a boundary walk before lunch. With the loss of Tom Warren for 45, 4 wickets fell for 13 runs and so began a rebuilding session around lunch, which I am sure those who had lost their wicket enjoyed rather more! Brad Mears (49) applied typical grit and determination to dig the team out of a deep hole, with C. Hunte (78) and then yours truly (25) getting the score beyond 200, and an enjoyable rear guard by David Masson (18) and the senior Nicholson, Phil (12), the declaration was taken at a generous 226 after 54 overs. The Vale bowlers had restricted the ODs well.

The home team reply was kept in check by, at first Tom Warren, who had to leave after 2 overs (1-7), with the “Heeeed” Ben Davis 7 overs for 33 and Joseph Jenkins 10 overs 1-38. This was a positive response by the bowling attack but the thorn that could not be plucked was the captain of the Vale team, Jack Galpin who was able to nudge and nurdle the opposition to a 6 wicket win and collect a chance less 110.

A very enjoyable day’s cricket, although a win would have made a fitting end to the week of cricket and thanks must go to all players. Maybe next year will bring a change of fortune at Bourton Vale.

John Nicholson (Friday’s Captain)

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