Chris Pepper represents The Perse in MCC cricket match at Lord’s
Lower 6th student Chris Pepper has had a busy summer of cricket. Some of his highlights include captaining Cambridgeshire’s U16 and U17 teams, representing The Perse and Foxton, being a member of the Essex U19 Cricket Academy, playing for the Cambridgeshire U25 team, and being the 12th man for the England V Essex Ashes warm-up game in Chelmsford. This summer of success concluded with him being selected for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Schools v England Schools Cricket Association match at Lord’s on Monday 2nd September. Below he shares his experiences of the day.
“It was a great honour to be selected for the MCC schools v England schools (ESCA), and represent the Perse, especially at Lord’s. We were given the ‘full test match experience’ as they said in the after dinner speech, in the famous Lord’s Long room, even down to having our names on the coat hanger in the England dressing room on match day.
The experience started the day before the match as we were invited down to Lord’s for a trial and net session to pick the starting 11 from the chosen 12 players, who came from all over the country. This also involved a fitness session where I led the warm up, followed by a tour of the ground and a stay in a hotel next to Lord’s that evening.
I made the starting 11, batting at 7, and was one of the main bowlers. The 50 over match was played in glorious sunshine with over 500 runs being scored on the day with England schools chasing down our MCC total of 260 with about 5 overs to spare.
The highlight was being presented with my MCC Schools cap by the current England coach Andy Flower on the pitch before the game. Sitting on the famous balcony of the England dressing room in the main Lord’s Pavilion seeing your name appear on the scoreboard and announced over the loud speaker as I went out to bat and bowl was a special and privileged experience I will always remember.”