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4 February

OV Cricket Club Plans for a 75th Anniversary Celebration

The Old Vigornians Cricket Club (OVCC) is planning to celebrate its 75th anniversary in May 2023 and a first planning meeting was held this week; current Club Chairman, Phil Mackie (Cl 73-84) chatted with Development Director, Liz Elliott, Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie Borrillo-McLellan and King’s Archivist, Harriet Patrick about the plans.

OV Cricket Club zoom with Phil Mackie, Liz Elliott, Harriet Patrick, and Sophie Borrillo-McLennan

The first match played by the Old Vigornians as part of the newly-formed OVCC was in June 1948 and Phil would be interested to hear from any individuals who played as part of that very first season, as well as any OVs who have played as part of the OVCC over the years (which now amounts to several hundred players), and anyone else with a connection to the club. Phil has spent hundreds of hours poring over the OVCC archives, with the aim of re-connecting with OV cricketers from the last 75 years, as well as enjoying some interesting stories from the many games which have been played in Worcestershire and beyond.

As a part of the 75th anniversary celebrations, it is proposed that there will be a week of cricket matches, an anniversary get-together and a published history of the OVCC, which Phil is currently researching. Harriet very kindly agreed to look through the King’s archives and pass on related information for the history book. Should you have any relevant information which could form a part of this important history of King’s OV cricket, please do feel free to get in touch with the Alumni Relations team at King’s, who can pass this on to Phil; he is particularly keen to find missing scorebooks from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as old photos.

OV Cricket Club

Please keep an eye out for more information on this exciting event for the OVCC, a club which has been incredibly active and popular over the years, with the current OVCC comprising players from the years of 1984 to 2022. All OV cricketers will be warmly welcomed to join the celebrations in Spring 2023. To register your interest, please let us know by emailing us on alumni@ksw.org.uk .