Posted on 16/08/2013
RHSCC Champions 2013
Royal Holloway’s Staff Cricket Club (RHSCC) rounded off a successful season in August after securing a championship win in the local league played over ten matches.
24 players represented the College during the 2013 summer season, taking to the field to win five league matches. They lost one game, tied in another, and there were no results in three matches due to inclement weather. The club also won three out of four friendly matches.
Highlights for this year's league included a high scoring tied match against Silwood Park and the low scoring final match against the same opponents which both proved crucial in determining the outcome of the championship. The latter match involved an inspired spell of bowling by Gavin Byrom (Registry) which set up the victory and steady batting by David Gwynn (History) who scored the winning runs. This was a fitting result that the two players who had shared the RHSCC captaincy this season were such key players in the final match.
Great tribute must also be paid to Dr Paul Finch, the Team Manager and Match Secretary, who has unfailingly organised the RHSCC team this year and for the past 30 or so seasons.
Cricket club membership is open to all staff in the College, postgraduates and alumni. Matches are normally played from May onwards on weekday evenings starting at 6pm although friendly afternoon fixtures against other London University Colleges have been played in the past. There is also an annual fixture for the Bourne Shield against the Royal Holloway Student XI, a hard fought match won this year by the students.
Founded in October 1973, the club is coming up to its 40th anniversary, although friendly matches have been played on an informal basis since the 1960's. The club President at that time was Professor Edward Bourne (former Head of Chemistry and Vice-Principal) and the first captain was Professor John Lewis (Emeritus Professor of Zoology).
The Research League was started in 1977, winning the inaugural championship and the prize of a Shield which the team has now won 13 times out of 37 seasons. The first version of the Shield was won outright and is on display in the SCR. There is also a Cup competition which the team has won five times since it was started in 1998 but this was not played this year.