Varsity Cricket at the Evrange Oval: Cambridge Triumphs!!

On Saturday, 29 June, 2019, with temperatures in the 30s Celsius, the Cambridge team soundly beat the Oxford cricketers in a fine match watched by a good crowd at the Evrange Oval, just over the border in France and adjacent to the Schuman Farm.

This splendid annual family event began at 13.00 in the garden of the Schuman Farm where Pimms, non-alcoholic punch, crémant, beer, chilled wine, and other refreshments were served. Over 40 adults and 20 children from the Cambridge and Oxford Societies took part in one of the main events of the calendar.  The BBQ was fired up for those who had brought sausages, hamburgers, chops, steaks, meatball-and-prinskorv kebabs, and other delicacies to accompany their picnics. Your correspondent observed some fine picnics worthy of Glyndbourne!

Then, around 15.00 people moved down to the Evrange Oval with their blankets and folding chairs and sunshades. Fortunately there were two large canopies to provide some shade for spectators, and the catering corps transported abundant supplies of refreshments down to the spectators.

A knowledgeable and enthusiatic crowd watched the action


This year, with the 50 overs World Cup going on in the UK,  there were plenty of aspirants wanting the opportunity to shine out in the square, and some entertaining cricket ensued. The outfield being extremely slow and with unpredictable bounce, the best chance for runs came from mighty heaves towards the boundary. There were some great sixes played behind the wicket, as well as through the on side in front of the wicket, and it was amazing that no balls were lost in the rough beyond the boundary. It was great to observe the range of talent, from youngsters under the age of 10 to distinguished mature players whose glory years wielding bat or ball were a few decades ago.

A truly bucolic scene – how good is that!

The young…..

….and the not-so-young!






Everyone had a chance to play

Cars with French number plates driving along the road up from the Château de Preisch were observed slowing down so as to watch in puzzlement and incomprehension this extraordinary spectacle!

The day’s proceedings drew to a close just before 18.00, after Cambridge passed Oxford’s total of 74 for 6 after 15 overs with 75 for 2 after 8,3 0vers. The full score card is:

Oscar Macrae  ct Adrian Wykes b Stella Wykes-Templeman   4
Mans Hedberg    run out    21
Ian Harcourt   not out    14
Jermy Harcourt    retired    6
Jos Van Bommel    run out    5
Angus Macrae    ct Lydie Wykes-Templeman b Stella Wykes-Templeman    0
David Weis   run out   1
James Leader  not out  5
Thomas Van Gilst   run out    9
Herve Hansen run out 0
TOTAL 74-6 WICKETS OFF 15 OVERS (including extras)
Bowling pick- Stella Wykes-Templeman 3 overs, 2 wickets for 20 runs.

Lydie Wykes-Templeman   ct Angus b Ian   10
Simon Norcross   retired   12
Chris Brealey   retired   20
Henry Brealey   retired   0
John Verrinder   not out  10
Nicholas Forwood  ct and b Oscar  Macrae  2
Adam Petersen  not out   4
TOTAL 75 FOR 2 WICKETS OFF 8.3 OVERS (including extras)
Adrian Wykes, Stella Wykes-Templeman and Natasha Petersen Did not bat




Huge thanks to Adrian and Fiona for welcoming us once again to their lovely home and garden at the Schuman Farm!!