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County cricket is back at Oakham School

County cricket returns to Oakham School. (2059685)
County cricket returns to Oakham School. (2059685)

County cricket will return to Oakham School this month when Leicestershire take on Lancashire Lightning in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Thursday, May 31.

Leicestershire have enjoyed many visits to Oakham in the past, including the County Championship and 50-over fixtures against Nottinghamshire in 2007.

The four-day game was a thrilling draw in which current head coach Paul Nixon scored 98 and 20 not out while the Foxes emerged victorious in the one-day game.

Iain Simpson, Oakham School's director or sport, was thrilled that first-class cricket would be returning to Rutland this season.

He said: "We are delighted that County Cricket returns to Oakham, hot on the heels of hosting the warm-up matches for the Women’s World Cup last year.

"It’s a testament to the exceptional quality of our pitches and sports facilities that we are able to host matches of this calibre at the school.

"It’s also great to see our relationship with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, where a good number of our pupils and staff are current and former players, strengthened even further through the use of our facilities."

Oakham and Leicestershire enjoy many strong links – with director of cricket, Neil Johnson, being a former Grace Road all-rounder, as well as cricketing alumni including Mathew Boyce, Stuart Broad, Josh Cobb and Alex Wyatt

Broad also took his maiden County Championship wicket during his career at Leicestershire in a match played at Oakham, against Somerset in 2005.

Students currently playing for the Leicestershire Academy include sixth frm student Richard Bell and recent leaver Don Butchart.

Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan said: "Oakham School is a terrific venue that many of our members will have enjoyed visiting in the past.

"It is important to take county cricket as far and wide as we can and this is a fantastic opportunity to take cricket to a new audience in Rutland and surrounding counties."

Tickets can be bought to watch the match by visiting: http://bit.ly/LCCCOakhm

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