The highlight of the Old Alleynian cricket season is participation in the Cricketer Cup, an annual knock-out tournament for the Old Boys of the leading Public Schools. We entered this competition in 1969 when the Cup expanded to thirty-two sides. OAs select their strongest team possible, including many who have played First Class cricket.
OAs are still to better their performance as 1974 Runners-up when we defeated the Old Boys of Bradfield, Cheltenham, Tonbridge and Radley before eventual defeat to Winchester on run-rate in a rain affected Final. The OA side that day contained four with County Championship experience including former England all-rounder Trevor Bailey, along with Wimbledon CC legend Simon Dyson, still regarded as the leading bowler in the Cup’s history.
Chris Jordan, current England One Day International and OA’s most recent Test cricketer, played in the 2008 Semi-Final at Cranleigh. Leading OA performances in the Cricketer Cup are recorded on an Honours Board in the Dulwich College Pavilion and can be found below.