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2016 Fixtures
16 March 2016

Marlborough Blues - 2016 Fixture List

Sun 8 May Hurlingham (A) Ivo Cunningham
Sun 15 May Sherborne (H) Ed Kilbee
Sun 22 May Old Wykehamists (A) Andrew Wilson
Sat 28 May College - Prize Day (H) Alex Combe

Sat 4 June HAC (A) Alex Armstrong
Sat 11 June MC, Malaysia (A) Chris Hill
Sun 19 June Dilettantes (H) Seamus Moorhead

Sat 2 July Hampshire Hogs (A) Dom Brown
Sun 10 July Flashmen (H) Mark Liebling/Tom Morton
Sun 17 July Westminster (A) Fraser Clarke
Sun 24 July Downside (H) Stuart Wilkinson
Sat 30 July Guards (A) Tom Graham
Sun 31 July Radley Rangers (H) Ed Kilbee

Sun 14 Aug Eton (A) Andy Bush

Cricketer Cup 1st Round:
Sun 12 June - Rugby (A)

Further Rounds: 2nd Round – Sun 26 June, 3rd Round - Sun 10 July, Semi Finals – Sun 24 July,

Final: Sun 7 Aug (

AGM & Dinner: Friday 27th January 2017 at Lord's


Blues' Dinner & AGM
26 May 2015

The 2016 annual AGM & Dinner will take place at Lord's on Friday 22nd January 2016.

Many thanks to all those who attended the 2015 AGM & Dinner which once again was a great success.

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Marlborough Blues Fixtures 2014
01 August 2014

A full list of fixtures for the 2014 Marlborough Blues season can be found below:

May  Opposition  Venue  
Sun 4 St Edward’s Martyrs St Edward’s LOST
Sun 11 Hurlingham Hurlingham


Sun 18 Sherborne Pilgrims Marlborough WON
Sat 24 School (11am) Marlborough Cancelled
Sun 25 Old Wykehamists Winchester Cancelled
Sat 7 HAC (12.30pm) Armoury House Cancelled
Sun 8 Dilettantes (1.30pm) Marlborough LOST
Fri 27 School (1.30pm) Marlborough LOST
Sun 6 Flashmen Marlborough LOST
Mon 7 Wiltshire Queries Marlborough Abandoned
Sat 12 Butterflies Marlborough Cancelled
Sun 13 Old Westminster Vincent Square LOST
Sat 19 Hampshire Hogs Warnford Cancelled
Sun 27 Downside Wanderers Marlborough WON
Sat 2 Guards Burton Court DREW
Sun 3 Radley Rangers Marlborough DREW
Sun 17 Eton Ramblers Eton LOST by six runs

The Cricketer Cup 1st Round

Sun 15 June         Stowe Templars     Marlborough        LOST

Further Rounds:

2nd Round – Sun 29 June
3rd Round - Sun 13 July
Semi Finals – Sun 27 July,
Final (Wimbledon CC): Sun 17 Aug (

AGM & Dinner:

To be held at Lord’s on Friday 23rd January (2015) at 7pm

Report: Cricketer Cup First Round
16 June 2014

Will von Behr The Blues were defeated narrowly by the Stowe Templars in a high scoring Cricketer Cup 1st Round match yesterday on the XI.

With the visitors winning the toss and batting, a below par bowling and fielding display allowed Stowe to post a competitive score of 291 for 9 from their 50 overs with healthy contributions from former Northamptonshire pros Rob White and Ben Howgego. Veteran Alec Cunningham and off spinners Will von Behr and Andrew Wilson were the pick of the Blues bowlers. In reply the Blues mustered 268 for 8 in a spirited run chase. Vice captain Andrew Wilson, George Adair, Olly Logan and wicketkeeper Hugo Adair all chipped in, but crucially skipper Ed Kilbee was run out for 70 when he looked set. Needing over 10 an over Will von Behr made a stylish 56, however in the end the home side fell 23 runs short. We wish Stowe all the best as they progress in the competition.

Stowe Templars 291 for 9 off 50 overs

Andrew Wilson 5/74

Marlborough Blues 268/8 off 50 overs

Ed Kilbee 70
Will von Behr 56

Stowe win by 23 runs

Memorial match for Dom Barker and Mark Sidley
03 June 2014

This Sunday sees a Blues match in memory of Dom Barker (B3 1981-86) and Mark Sidley (B3 1982-86). It is nearly two years since Mark Sidley passed away, and it’s also 20 years ago that Dominic Barker passed away.

Dom and Mark were both close friends in B3 and they also played in the Marlborough Cricket XI of 1986 with me and Dom’s brother Guy. We have hatched a plan to have a cricket match in Mark’s and Dom’s memory. A Marlborough Blues XI largely comprising that 1986 team plus some 1985 players takes on the “Dilettantes” – a select XI blended from similar vintages by Mike Munro (Clifton) and led on the day by Ali Cole (who captained Clifton in 1986 and 1987).

It will be a 1.30pm start at Marlborough on the XI pitch and we expect the game to finish around 7pm. Our hope is that families and friends will come and watch. Mark and Dom would not want us to take it all too seriously, but I suspect there may be some aging talent on show trying to re-live former glories.

Seamus Moorhead
B3 1981-86
Teams are:
Marlborough XI – Seamus Moorhead, Guy Barker, Ali Robinson, Pete Shone, Nick Bryant, Rich Graham, Will Selby-Lowndes, Mark Foulds, Stuart Kerr, Bob Trevelyan, AN Other
Dilettantes XI – Ali Cole (Captain), Mike Munro (“Hand of the Captain”), Alistair Cane, Dan Barlow, Henry Davies, Simon Lister, John Sealy, David Read, Luke Swanson, Ed Wray, Jamie Houghton and (hopefully) Max Read

Report: Success in the sunshine
18 May 2014

Blues vs SherborneThe Blues edged their way home in a tight encounter against the Sherborne Pilgrims in glorious sunshine on the XI on Sunday.

50 over match - Sherborne won toss

Sherborne Pilgrims were 137 all out from 38 overs (Mike Bush 4/13, Alex Armstrong 4/20).

Marlborough Blues were 138 for 8 from 37.4 overs (Mike Bush 35*, Jordan Butler 25, Charlie Hicks 21 and Andrew Wilson 20). Blues win by 2 wickets.

This coming weekend sees two fixtures. Alex Foot skippers the Blues against his brother Tiger (XI Captain) on Prize Day this Saturday which is followed by a trip to Winchester on Sunday.

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Report: Blues held by Hurlingham
12 May 2014

The Blues drew with Hurlingham on Sunday 11th May, Blues, 365 for 6 declared off 51 overs, writes Tom Montagu-Pollock.

Hurlingham were 8 down at the end playing out for a draw off 50 overs.

Andrew Wilson scored a wonderful century before lunch, Andy Bush 50 (PR 1995-2000), Iv Cunningham 48 (B1 2004-09), Rory Stewart-Richardson 48 (TU 2002-07) not out and Harry MacDonald (PR 2003-08) 49 not out.

There was excellent bowling from Tom Graham (C2 2001-06), Alex Armstrong (C1 1996-2001) and Harry MacDonald (PR 2003-08) ensured the Blues were always in with a chance of victory with Hurlingham never looking like challenging the Blues' score.

It was a great effort by all and a fun day.

Report: Blues edged out in opener
04 May 2014

Skipper Ed Kilbee reaches his half centuryThe Marlborough Blues lost their opening game of the season away at St Edward's in a tight game which produced an excellent finish.

Skipper Ed Kilbee 72* (C2 2001-06) and Ollie Bishop 69 (PR 2000-05) top scored in the Blues' total of 246 for eight from their 50 overs. Impressive new ball spells from Harry MacDonald (PR 2003-08) and Jamie Davies (PR 2000-05) deserved more luck as the home side began their run chase.

Teddies eventually scored the winning run with three balls to spare for the loss of four wickets with Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) taking three for 43.

Inaugural CMJ Trophy Match
16 September 2013

Radley Rangers v Marlborough Blues,  Sunday 21st July 2013

The Blues beat the Radley Rangers by 10 wickets in an incident packed match.

Radley were bowled out for 156 with Mike Bush (TU 1993-98) taking 3/38 and 2 wickets a piece for Ollie Bishop (PR 2000-05) and Jamie Bill (C1 1998-2003). In reply, Bill, opening with Ed Rothwell (TU 2005-10), retired having scored a century (his second 50 coming in just 33 balls) and Joe Arkwright (SU 2010-present) hit the winning runs with a six over mid-wicket.

The Blues are the first winners of the new CMJ Memorial Trophy, purchased by The Marlburian Club and the Radley Society in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Marlburian Club President Elect, for the annual match between the Blues and Rangers. CMJ’s son Robin (formerly of Sussex CCC) was captaining the Old Radleians and CMJ’s widow, Judy, presented the cup at the end of the match.

Victorious skipper Al Edmonds (C1 1997-2002) offered these gracious words when receiving the trophy from Judy Martin-Jenkins “It is obviously a great honour to be lifting this trophy, but today was about so much more than winning. It was about remembering a great man and his passion for the game of cricket."

Skipper Al Edmonds receives the CMJ Trophy from Judy Martin-Jenkins after victory over the Radley Rangers

Latest Reports
11 June 2013

The Cricket Season is finally here with the first OM Blues Match against the College on Sunday 14th April from 11.30am. For the full Fixture List just click... Blues Fixture List

James Hall's (C1 1971-75) Annual Report of the Season, as delivered at the Blues AGM, Lord's, on 25th January...Just Click
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Marborough Blues Season Summary 2012PDF icon

Blues v Sherborne Pilgrims, Sunday 19th May 2013 (Marlborough)
01 June 2013

Blues win by 4 wickets

Sherborne Pilgrims 235 all out from 48.3 over
(Dom Brown 3/36, Tom Morton 2/21, 3 direct hit run outs by Tom Morton, Tim Marcon & James Caldwell)
Blues 239 for 6 from 47 over
(Tim Marcon 53*, Elijah Samuel 50, Andy Gough 42)

Photo: The Marcon brothers, left to right, Tim (C21985-90) and Chris (B3 1981-83) leave the field undefeated following victory against the Sherborne Pilgrims.

Blues AGM & Dinner Friday 25th January 2013
28 January 2013

View the Slide Show of the Marlborough Blues Dinner HERE.

The Blues enjoyed a very successful AGM & Dinner at Lord’s on Friday 25 January 2013 at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Just under 40 OM cricketers  from various generations attended the event, courtesy of current President of the MCC, Mike Griffith (C3 1957-62) and Treasurer of the MCC, Robert Leigh (C1 1957-61). We were delighted that Dr Chris Stevens, Second Master, Steven Bishop, President of The Marlburian Club, Martin Evans, Club Secretary and Jane Pendry, Alumni Relations Manager were also able to attend.

In advance of the dinner, held in the Committee Dining Room in the Pavilion, a minute’s silence was held for the late Christopher Martin-Jenkins (B3 1958-63), a Vice President of the Blues and President Elect of The Marlburian Club. After dinner we were treated to the legendary review of the 2012 season by James Hall (C1 1971-75). Alex Armstrong (C1 1996-2001) was awarded the Jake Seamer Award for the Blues player of the Season 2012, named after the former Blues President, OM and Member of Common Room (B3 1927-32).

Blues Victory at Winchester
30 September 2012

D5P3 The victorious Blues team at Winchester (from L to R): (standing) Will Caldwell (CO 1991-96), Andy Gough (C1 1981-84), Alex Armstrong (C1 1996-2001), Charlie Hicks (B1 1981-85), Mark Liebling (C3 2001-06), Tom Morton (TU 2001-06), Hugo Adair (C2 1999-2004); (kneeling) Mike Bush (TU 1993-98), Rory Stewart-Richardson (TU 2002-07), Guy Parker (SU 2001-06), Ed Kilbee (C2 2001-06).

Cricketer Cup News
01 September 2012

Shrewsbury won the 2012 Cricketer Cup yesterday beating Harrow convincingly by 110 runs yesterday.

The bad news is that the Blues have been drawn against Shrewsbury in the 1st Round next year, although the good news is that we have home advantage against the holders and have be drawn at home all the way to the semi finals should we get there. The first round tie will take place on Sunday 16th June next year. Please note that this date is provisional and will be ratified at the committee meeting on 27th September 2012. The full draw can be found here:


Marlborough Blues 2012 Season Report
21 August 2012

The Blues had a frustrating season with no fewer than 10 matches being lost to the weather. This included the whole of the old boys cricket week at Marlborough and the match against the Old Cranbrookians who were on tour from Sydney. Of the games that were completed 3 were won, 1 was drawn and 4 were lost.

After a convincing 10 wicket victory over the Old Cholmeleians in the 1st Round of the Cricketer Cup sponsored by Herblife, the weather intervened again with both second round matches against the Old Cliftonians becoming victims of the rain. More bad luck followed in a bowl out to decide the result of the tie with Clifton winning 4-2. This was particularly disappointing with the Blues having convincingly beaten the Old Cliftonians by 9 wickets in the competition two years earlier.

Cricketing highlights included excellent victories away at Winchester and Radley and most notably Blues veteran and Vice President James Hall taking his 700th wicket for the club in the match against St Edward’s. Since leaving C1 in 1975 Hall has played with distinction for the Blues and served the club as its most loyal member for many years – he fully deserves the accolades that go with reaching this historic landmark.

Blues Cruise Through Cricketer Cup 1st Round
21 June 2012

Sunday 17 June 2012

The Marlborough Blues eased through to the 2nd Round of the Cricketer Cup sponsored by Herbalife on Sunday with a comfortable 10 wicket victory over the Old Cholmeleians. Playing at home the Blues dismissed their visitors for a paltry 121 from 36.3 overs with skipper Tom Morton (3/31) and Alex Armstrong (3/19) taking 3 wickets a piece and there was one each for Alec Cunningham, Andy Gough and Andrew Wilson. In reply it took the hosts just 19 overs to knock off the runs with George Adair smashing a powerful 79* accompanied by Mike Bush (34*) to secure a comfortable victory.

Old Wykehamists v Marlborough Blues
01 June 2012

Sunday 27 May 2012 at Winchester
Blues 263 for 9 (50 overs)
Hugo Adair 61
Ed Kilbee 58
Will Caldwell 46

OWs 225 all out (49.3 overs)
Alex Armstrong 4/35

Blues win by 38 runs

Hall Reaches Historic 700
21 May 2012

Tom Morton congratulates bowling hero James HallVeteran seam bowler James Hall took his 700th wicket for the Marlborough Blues against the St Edward’s Martyrs on Sunday. Hall took 1 for 26 in a tight 3 wicket defeat away in Oxford. Since leaving C1 in 1975 Hall has played with distinction for the Blues and served the club at its most loyal member for many years – he fully deserves the accolades that go with reaching this historic landmark.

Photo: Tom Morton congratulates bowling hero James Hall after taking his 700th wicket for the Blues

For once the weather was sunny and, although the very green and lush outfield was a constant reminder of how wet it has been, the contest was able to take place making it a very enjoyable first outing of the season for most of those playing. Earlier the Blues had posted 204 all out off 49.5 overs with skipper Tom Morton (54), Andy Gough (39) and James Hall (35) top scoring. Off spinners Alex Armstrong (2/40) and Tom Morton (2/33) both collected two wickets each as the home side reached their victory target with 3 overs to spare.

St Edward’s Martyrs v Marlborough Blues – Sunday 13th May 2012

Blues 204 all out (Tom Morton 54, Andy Gough 39, James Hall 35)
St Edward’s Martyrs 205 for 7 (Tom Morton 2/33, Alex Armstrong 2/40)
St Edward’s win by 3 wickets

Marlborough College 1st XI v Marlborough Blues
15 April 2012

CricketBlues 194 all out
Ed Rothwell 60                Will Von Behr 4/54
Stuart Wilkinson 38          Luke Williams 3/20
Alex Kidwell 34                Max Koe 2/36

1st XI 195 for 6
Archie Turner 59*          Alex Armstrong 2/32
Alex Coombe 50

In bright, but cold and windy conditions, the Blues narrowly lost a tight encounter to the school on the XI on Sunday. On a slow paced early season wicket the Blues posted 194 with major contributions coming from Ed Rothwell (60), wicketkeeper Stuart Wilkinson (38) and recent leaver Alex Kidwell (34). In reply opener Alex Coombe (50) batted very sensibly to set up a good platform. For the Blues Alex Armstrong (2), Jamie Davies, Ed Kilbee, Alex Kidwell and Ollie Bishop all took wickets and at 107 for 6 the target looked steep. However Archie Turner (59*) and Max Koe (28*) showed both patience and skill to overhaul the Blues total with three over remaining.

Overall it was an excellent occasion played in great spirit. The Blues wish the XI well with their forthcoming season.

Mike Bush


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