Oundle School marked the official opening of its new cricket pavilion with a cricket match between the school’s first XI and Oundle Rovers (made up of old Oundelians). A lunch was held in the new pavilion for all the donors to the project. The event was officiated by the headmaster, Charles Bush, alongside special guest Tom Harrison, a former pupil and the current CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board. The afternoon’s game ended with the Rovers all out for 185 and the school finishing on 189 for three.
Old Oundelian Stuart Morgan said: “It was a great occasion and very enjoyable to be playing back in familiar surroundings with familiar faces. The new pavilion is a fantastic facility for future generations of Oundelians.”
Members of the Mills family also attended a ceremony to unveil a plaque on the new pavilion with the chairman of governors, Julian Tregoning, and the headmaster. The pavilion is named after Mike Mills, whose relationship with cricket at Oundle as pupil, teacher, housemaster and master of cricket lasted 80 years.
The day also saw the launch of ‘Oundle Cricket: The Gentle Hotbed’, a book dedicated to the history of Oundle cricket by Andrew Radd. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Oundle Foundation.
Tom Harrison said: “It was an enormous privilege for me to open the JM Mills Pavilion. It is a stunning new statement about where cricket sits in Oundle’s future at a time when the game is looking at every way possible of getting more boys and girls into cricket. The new pavilion is a fitting tribute to a man who made a colossal contribution to Oundle cricket over an extraordinary length of time. It is a great symbol of Oundle’s commitment to the game going forward.”
Charles Bush added: “Sunday was memorable for all who follow cricket in Oundle. The new pavilion is a stunning addition to Oundle’s sporting facilities and it will be greatly used. It will also be greatly loved, as was Mike Mills after whom the building is named.”
Books can still be purchased to commemorate the event from the Oundle Society.