Oxford and Cambridge Universities cricket team

Oxford and Cambridge Universities cricket team

Oxford and Cambridge Universities cricket teams (OCU) played first-class cricket for more than 150 years, although sometimes many years passed between fixtures.

OCU played a match against MCC at Lord's in 1839, in which Edward Sayres took his only ten-wicket match haul,[1] and in 1848 played a game against Gentlemen of England at the same venue, in which William Hammersley took ten wickets.[2]

"Oxford Universities Past and Present" teams played several first-class matches in the late nineteenth century, but did not play at that level again until 1910, when they took on the Army and Navy team.[3] The team later undertook several overseas tours in the middle part of the twentieth century, but played only two first-class games outside Britain, both being at Sabina Park, during the tour of Jamaica in 1938.[4] Kenneth Weekes made his first-class debut for Jamaica in the first of these, scoring 106 in the second innings.[5]

After a thirty-year gap, the Oxford and Cambridge team returned to first-class cricket in 1968, with a match against the touring Australians,[6] and for a quarter of a century thereafter the team had fairly regular matches against the tourists at either the University Parks in Oxford or Fenner's in Cambridge, but playing no other first-class games. OCU's final appearance was in 1992, when they played the Pakistanis.[7]

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