“Lordy, lordy! Look who’s forty!”
We congratulate our colleagues in Toronto on the fortieth anniversary of the Oxford vs Cambridge Alumni Cricket Match. They will hold the anniversary Match on Sunday 18 September 2022.
The very first Match was played in 1982, on the pitches of Lords Grounds at Upper Canada College. It feels apt that the Match will return to its spiritual birthplace for this anniversary.
The celebrations will include the launch of a new “Michener-Bredin Trophy”, named to honour Terence Bredin and Roland Michener, two of the Match’s founders and most cherished characters. The trophy has been generously funded by Match alumni and by the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Toronto.
The Match welcomes spectators and players of all levels and ages. There will be twenty-five overs per side, and players should wear cricket whites. A traditional tea break will separate the innings, with food and refreshments provided. The organisers are charging a modest $25 fee per person, to help defray event costs.
As part of the day’s festivities, Martin Sykes is compiling stories and photos from previous years’ Matches. If you have any memories or material you would like to share with him, he would receive it enthusiastically.
If you know Oxford or Cambridge alumni who might like to be part of the Match, either as spectators or players, please do share this post with them.