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The UK ODU XI beats an Old Etonian XI in a thrilling game of cricket

In the inaugural fixture against the Old Etonians, The UK ODs wonn comfortably after a shaky start
Unbeatable on the day, the UK ODU XI
Unbeatable on the day, the UK ODU XI


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A few years ago, a very good idea circulated up here that the UK ODs form a cricket team to play local sides around the country (and thereby earning international colours). At that time, one match was envisaged, with more to come if sufficient promise was shown.

18 ODs put themselves forward for selection. You don't have to know much about cricket to know that 18 is seven more than required, so, it seemed, we were all set to go with enough spare capacity to select several drinks and bag carriers as well.

The problem was that of the 18, 15 claimed wicketkeeping as their first-choice field placing! Which guaranteed, presumably that byes would not feature among the extras count. But with no bowlers in the line-up, it made the services of even one wicketkeeper a bit redundant.

The very good idea was mothballed.

But then this year, driven by Ant Pickering (1990F) the idea was resuscitated and on Saturday 8th June, at the beautiful Armadillo Club ground located in the even more beautiful Sheffield Park, an ODU XI took on an Old Etonian XI — and won.

To read the full report, see who was playing and check out the match pictures, click HERE

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