MCC test marks Potters Bar school reaching 400 not out

Tom Coughlan bowls for the Dame Alice Owens team

Tom Coughlan bowls for the Dame Alice Owens team - Credit: Archant

A POTTERS Bar school has celebrated reaching 400 not out with a cricket match against the MCC.

Goodwill Mamligo bats for the MCC

Goodwill Mamligo bats for the MCC - Credit: Archant

YET another high profile event took place as the celebrations for a school’s 400th anniversary continued.

Dame Alice Owen’s School has been marking the milestone all year, with a performance at the Royal Albert Hall and a football match against an Arsenal Academy side among the occasions held to mark it so far.

Cricket was next on the agenda, meaning, for one day at least, a game for a Potters Bar side in the glorious sunshine was more important than The Ashes.

That is how the school would have seen it as they took on Marylebone Cricket Club at Old Owen’s Sports Ground, in Northaw.

The school team was made up of past and present pupils, as well as staff.

Fittingly the match ended in a tie, with both sides reaching 237-5.

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Dame Alice Owen’s teacher Ian Breeze said: “We were honoured to host a strong MCC XI at the delightful Old Owen’s ground in Northaw.

“It was a proper game of competitive cricket which paid homage to the previous MCC v Dame Alice Owen’s game 50 years ago, played at Chandos Avenue, Whetstone.”

Peter Martin, chairman of the school’s governors, said: “It was a brilliant occasion to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the school, played in the true spirit of cricket, on a day when the weather smiled on us.

“We were delighted to host the MCC, an organisation not quite as old as the school, but who embody all that is good about cricket.

“As for the result, a tie, off the last ball of the match simply couldn’t be made up.

“A worthy end leaving honours even, with a promise to replay the fixture in another 50 years time.”