“The match was a topsy turvy affair, with both teams anticipating an early finish and a trip to the pub, at various points,” said Rob Young (Chemistry, 1981), “But eventually, the College players came out as worthy winners with just a few balls to spare,” he added.
At 42-6, a while before lunch, the President’s XI prospects appeared poor, only to be revived through fine half centuries by Will Forester (English Language and Literature, 2013) and Max Banks (son of Chris Banks, Ancient and Modern History, 1978) that saw the innings close on 209 all out. The College responded weakly to begin with, and looked in trouble at 38-4 and 96-6, but a near century combined-stand from Josh Sambrook (History and Modern Languages, 2015) (78) and Fraser Perceval (Physics, 2015) (62 not out) saw the College almost home. There was a final wobble at 198-8, when the President’s XI could just about smell victory, before Fraser hit the winning runs to secure a deserved two wicket victory for the College.
Post-match, the teams gathered for drinks and dinner in the Old Library, before Rob Young, deputising for President Stephen Stow (Jurisprudence, 1973), introduced festivities with a rallying call to support Wadham cricket, before presenting the “Bucket of Glory” to Josh Sambrook for his sterling efforts, and President’s XI captain Mike “Legoman” Edwards (Engineering Science, 2007) had the task of handing over Peter Placito’s Cricketing Frog to winning captain, Harry Langham (English Literature and Language, 2016). Toasts to absent friends were followed by a heartfelt speech by Tony Drake (PPE, 1967) in tribute to his late son, who succumbed to cancer last year. Tony ended his speech quoting his son’s rallying call of “now stop the messing about, let’s party”, prompting revellers to repair to the bar to collect fines and donations that totalled around £500 for Cancer Research.