Cricket: MCC fixture makes triumphant return
July 20, 2021

Rydal Penrhos welcomed the MCC back for a prestigious annual cricket fixture just before the summer break.

One of the most frustrating things surrounding COVID-19 restrictions over the last 17 months has been a lack of sporting fixtures at Rydal Penrhos. This has left competitive action at a premium, although pupils have kept up their development with coaching sessions and fitness programmes devised by the school’s exceptional staff team.

Thankfully, this might become a thing of the past during the next academic year. And we got to see the first taste of this throughout the summer term with the return of Sports Day and a prestigious cricket fixture that dates back to the 1900s.

The school was thrilled to welcome back Marylebone Cricket Club to New Field on Monday 5 July for the first cricket fixture at Rydal Penrhos since the summer of 2019, which was greeted by glorious sunshine to further enhance the occasion.

Our estates’ team – together with 360 Groundcare – worked tirelessly in recent months to renovate the wicket in readiness for the fixture, which played superbly and we cannot thank everybody enough for their commitment to getting everything perfect for the return of cricket to the school calendar.

The game itself saw the MCC come out on top after an entertaining fixture, which saw plenty of memorable moments from both sides on a landmark day after so much disruption.

Rydal Penrhos captain Sam Bixby was one of the stars of the show, with the departing Year 13 pupil receiving the Spirit of Cricket Award for his incredible efforts with the bat, organising his team in the field and behind the stumps as a wicket-keeper.

The contest was held under strict social distancing guidelines, which were adhered to in exemplary fashion by players, umpires and other staff helping out with scoring and catering.

On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to thank the MCC for visiting us once again and to all the staff who left no stone unturned to make their arrival safe and welcoming.

Here’s hoping for more sporting fixtures in the coming months following the summer break!

GALLERY: Rydal Penrhos vs. MCC 2021

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