2nd July 2010
On Monday 28th June, the 1st XI cricket team achieved a notable victory over the Marylebone Cricket Club.
The MCC team, featuring several past and present minor counties cricketers, went down to a 5 wicket defeat thanks to an excellent performance from the school. The Challoner's opening bowlers put pressure on the visitors from the start with excellent spells from seamers Richard Knudsen and Jack Rogers, who enjoyed bowling at his dad who was playing for MCC. The spinners then controlled the game with a miserly spell from off-spinner Matt Rance and a couple of wickets for 14 year old leg spinner Robin Collins. Despite a late rally by the MCC's lower order, Challoner's restricted the visiting team to 174 all out from 54 overs, leaving a very achievable run chase for the school. The early loss of captain Jack Shiel set a few nerves jangling, but Garry Emery (70) and Alex Morgan put together an excellent partnership which saw their side most of the way home.
This excellent win was greatly enjoyed by the Old Challoner's who came to watch the match, including one former schoolboy cricketer who was making his first visit to the school since the day he left in 1946!