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A message from the past President

The Lynxes Cricket Club was founded in 1947 by Frank (generally known as "Joe") Evans, who was master in charge of Cricket at the School for over thirty years aided by another member of staff, Tony Congreve.

The inaugural match was played against Old Suttonians, who have been our opponents n every year since. The fixture list was developed with games against Cranbrook Town, Bluemantles and other Old Boys sides (such as Old Merchant Taylors and Old Roffensians).

"Joe " was elected President of the Club in 1965 and held the position until shortly before his death in 1980. He was succeeded by Peter West who held the position for over 15 years. Celebratory Dinners were held to mark the Club's 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th Anniversary years.

In 1990, the Lynxes won the first "Cricket World" Cup knock-out competition for Old Boys teams and we were successful again in this competition in 2005.

Other Cups, which are awarded for performances during the Week, include the David Winterbottom Cup for bowling and the Andrew Bond Cup for batting.

The John Wybourn Cup is awarded to the winning Captain in the Lynxes v School game.

The fixture list has altered somewhat over the years – we now start the week with a game against the School and the O.C.A. Golf Day now takes place on the Monday - but the aims are still the same: to bring together O.C.s of all ages (especially recent leavers) to enjoy cricket in familiar and friendly surroundings and at a reasonable cost.

Social events held during the week have included barbeques and restaurant outings but many more hours are spent in the company of fellow O.C.s in the pavilion or the local pubs. The Club has been grateful to the School for the use of Bigside and for the services of a succession of excellent groundsmen.

If you are about to leave the School to become an Old Cranbrookian yourself or you are a recent leaver and you are interested in cricket, please come and join in. Please check this site and the facebook group Lynxes Cricket Week for further details regarding Lynxes cricket.

Jeremy Barham

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