Wadham Cricket and the Freebooters
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Wadham College Cricket Club Society
President: Stephen Stow
Secretary: Mike Edwards
Committee: Ed McCaul, Luke Peake
Umpire: Tony Drake
Groundsman: Martin Cofield
Cricket Club Society President: Stephen Stow
College First XI Captain 2017: Joshua Sambrook
Freebooters Captain: Benjamin Zaranko
Wadham's cricket ground
Wadham's cricket pavilion and pitch are located in Marston Ferry Road, Oxford. Thanks to Groundsman, Martin Cofield, the site boasts one of the best wickets in Oxford.
To get to the ground, head out of Oxford on the Banbury Rd. Turn right at the lights onto Marston Ferry Rd and then left after about 500 yards just before the entrance to the Cherwell School.
Contact the Groundsman, Martin Cofield via Wadham Lodge, 01865 277900
Wadham's cricketing tradition
Wadham’s C B Fry who played from 1892 to 1895, was Captain of the University team in 1894. Fry was also President of the Oxford University Athletics Club and Captain of the Soccer XI. In the 1989 College Histories Series by J Wells, he writes: “As he made his century at Lords, and his side made a brilliant victory, it was the crowning success of the most brilliant academic year which has ever fallen to the lot of an undergraduate.” Fry was not only a triple “blue” but he represented the University doubly at the Queen’s Club, in the Hundred and in the Broad Jump; (In 1892 also he competed for both the High and the Broad jumps). In the latter event in 1892 he surpassed the world’s record by clearing 23ft, 5 inches.
Oxford’s inter-University cricket match dates from 1827, becoming regular in 1838. It was some time before Wadham was represented, but in 1858 and 1859 Harry Linton played, and his brother Sidney in 1861 and 1862. Another Wadham man, SOB Ridsdale was wicket keeper in the 1862 team and Wadham was represented in the 1884 University team by HV Page and EW Bastard, who also played in 83 and 85. The Freebooters (known in the 80s as the Woebegones or Wobes), with their pirate insignia, were traditionally the Second XI, and now represent the more social side of Wadham cricket. Alumnus Fergus McKendrick's (1933-1997) (1951, Physiology) light-hearted description of the Freebooters can be read in this extract from his 1983 book Pulpit Cricket. (Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd ©Fergus McKendrick 1983).