Cricket has been played at the College for more than140 years and has a great deal of tradition and kudos attached to it. There is a rumour that the infamous cricket term “Cow Corner” originated here. Nine Old Alleynians have been capped for their country and four have been named Wisden Cricketers of the Year, the most famous being Trevor Bailey (61 Caps for England and Cricketer of the Year in 1950). Roger Knight, former secretary of the MCC, is an OA and a former Assistant Master.
Boys have the opportunity to represent the College for one of 45 sides, from the U8s up to the 1st XI and there is also a Common Room team who very rarely lose. Matches are played throughout the week both in Games lessons and after school, but the majority of competitive matches take place on Saturdays. The College has an enviable record, frequently reaching national finals. Tours and festivals are also regular events with sides throughout the College having the opportunity to tour. In recent years, the 1st XI competed in the final of the Sobers Challenge and the Murali Cup.