Rugby vs Marlborough at Lord's
Saturday 12 August 2017
First played in 1855, but not since 1972 has this historic match between Rugby and Marlborough been played at Lord's. As part of our 450th celebrations, we were given this wonderful opportunity to recreate history. The MCC set up an unbelievable day for all to celebrate Rugby's 450th Anniversary in style. The match did not disappoint either. Rugby asked Marlborough to bat and quickly set about the top order and reduced Marlborough to 8 for 3. A resilient middle order however kept Marlborough very much in the game at Lunch on 126 for 6. Marlborough's Max Read played a quite brilliant knock of 141* helping his team through to 270 in their 50 overs.
Rugby's response started disastrously losing the first 5 Wickets for only 30 runs. School Field duo of Finlay McCreath and Will Hardman repaired the damage and at the half way stage had recovered to 86 for 5. A quite incredible partnership between the two catapulted Rugby to within 56 of the target with 5 overs to go. The loss of Will Hardman for a quite brilliant 86 left Finlay McCreath to continue the onslaught. Only one hit away from what would have been a remarkable Century, McCreath was caught right on the edge for 95. A maximum at that stage would have kept Rugby within striking distance of an unlikely victory. The game ended in the 49th over with Rugby 25 short. A partnership of 185 at Lords for McCreath and Hardman without doubt the highlight of a day, alongside Maia Bouchier who is the first schoolgirl to play in an "all male" school match at the home of cricket will most certainly stay in the memories of many Rugbeians that were there to enjoy a spectacular occasion. An unforgettable day for our brilliant school at one of the worlds finest venues.
The photo gallery from the day can be viewed below