On a day not too unlike Yorkshire in mid-June (constant drizzle and no sun), the Marlborough Blues stepped onto the College XI to play, what we believe to be, the first Blues match in Asia. Represented by players who attended Marlborough from every decade since the seventies they competed against a College side which contained seven pupils and four beaks.
The College batted first and amassed an impressive total of 196-6 at the end of 30 overs. Tea came at a good time for the school, as the rainfall increased and left sufficient moisture on the pitch to leave the Blues seriously disadvantaged batting second. Six pupils were called upon to bowl and with the fielders holding their catches, the Blues succumbed and were bowled out for 78, resulting in an emphatic victory for the College by 118 runs. It was a match played in excellent spirit with great camaraderie.
It was wonderful to welcome the OMs to Marlborough in Malaysia and we certainly hope this will become an annual fixture. The day concluded with a reception and barbeque at the Master’s Lodge.