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A message from a recent leaver

One of the best things about summer for me is a sweltering day on Big Side, playing cricket and reminiscing about school days. That probably makes me sound like a man on the brink of retirement with a huge mortgage, kids about to go off to uni and a love for early morning golf days. However, at the relatively tender age of 21, I’ve realized that this is the harsh reality of life after school. Friends I vowed to see every uni holidays have simply not always been about when I am. However, the constant of the Lynxes cricket week has proved to be a great way to see old mates and meet new people from different Cranbrook eras.

Cranbrook Lynxes CC is the name for the Old Cranbrookians CC. The set up is a great mix: ‘mature’ veterans whose motivation is to prove to themselves that they still ‘have it’; young energetic students who put all their oomph into it as Lynxes Week may be the only cricket they play all year; current pupils of the school enjoying putting one over their supposed ‘elders and betters’; not to mention all those in between. This mix essentially provides the basis of an enjoyably competitive environment in which to play cricket.           

The showpiece for the majority is undoubtedly the BBQ lunch which is served each day, which constantly delivers year after year. A great way to socialize with old friends and new over a fine spread. Of course, the key to enjoying this lunch even more is to win the toss and bat first (or field if it’s a BBQ tea…) Oh, and it’s all free for current pupils and heavily subsidised for students…

This thing has been going for 65 years straight. The only way we can continue with such a great week is through the continual introduction of youngsters. I remember being very apprehensive when I was first introduced to the Lynxes Week, thinking there wouldn’t be anyone under 40, let alone from my generation. How wrong I was! The guys who run the teams encourage you to bring friends along and are very welcoming - without new youngsters joining each year the week just wouldn’t still be running. The match managers will give you a bat and a bowl and get you as involved as possible, as well as persuading you to get as many of your friends in on the act.

How do I get involved I hear you ask? Well, just go click on the fixtures icon on the left, check the game dates with the dates that you’re free, and email, text or call the relevant match manager. It’s a simple as that. Or check out the Lynxes Facebook page.

I hope that this has helped to de-mystify what the Lynxes are all about and has made you more likely to take part in Lynxes cricket week … and that I will have the opportunity to take to the field with you next summer!


Max O’Collins

(Webster 2009)