Christ’s Hospital’s 1st XI captain, Will Freeman, will not forget this season’s 1st XI match against the MCC in a hurry. Will scored a superb 103 to set up a 7 wicket victory against the famous Marylebone Cricket Club.
Dave Messenger, Director of Sport, said: “In winning the toss, Will Freeman invited the MCC to bat. Disciplined bowling coupled with outstanding fielding ensured that the MCC had to fight for every run. MCC captain George Hobden, a former pupil, made a sporting declaration. Set 207 to win in what would be a little over 50 overs, Will Freeman and Albert Burgess opened the CH innings and both were watchful against the new ball. MCC candidate Harry Mann bowled quick and straight, but great judgement by CH allowed the home team to take tea at 35 for 0. A 77 run opening partnership formed a solid foundation to the CH innings. When Burgess was out for 28 Ben Kinnear, batting at three, supported Will Freeman superbly to put on 108 for the 2nd wicket. When Will Freeman was finally dismissed (caught and bowled by Mann) he had scored a superb 103, leaving CH with 22 to win from 5 overs. Ben Kinnear carried his bat hitting 50 not out to see CH home with a tremendous 7 wicket victory.”
Each year the MCC team consists of high quality club players and sometimes ex-1st class cricketers. On this occasion Jack Mynott (Hampshire 2nd XI and Wiltshire CCC), who had been coaching at CH this season, was playing for the MCC, along with his father Tim Mynott, who had represented England in the Ashes 60+ series last winter in Australia. An MCC player to have travelled from overseas for the match was former pupil and MCC captain George Hobden.
Before the match, which took place during the last week of term, George Hobden reminded the School 1st XI that any player who takes 6 wickets, or scores a century against the MCC, is invited to an all expenses day at a Lord’s Test Match and receives an award to mark the achievement. This was, in fact, something that George himself achieved whilst a pupil at the School. These words of encouragement certainly resonated loudly in the ears of captain Will Freeman!