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A spectacular and memorable day was enjoyed by all at the Fettes First XI v the MCC on the 2nd of May 2019. The Fettes boys played brilliantly well, bowling the MCC team out for 186. Unfortunately, the weather which had been threatening rain all day stopped play after Tea but Fettes was still able to score 74 runs for 1 loss before the match ended in a draw.

That said, the boys played intrepidly, with David H and Robert E (C) achieving an unbroken 50 partnership before play was stopped. Olly N was awarded ‘Player of the Day’ by the MCC Captain, Henry Edwards (Inv-Gl 2003-2011) for taking 2 wickets for 8 runs in the 5 overs he bowled. Another Old Fettesian (OF), joining Henry Edwards on the MCC Team was Henry Philip (Inv-Mo 1999-2008).

Over 50 guests came along to support the teams, enjoy a wonderful BBQ lunch and a lovely afternoon tea. Many were very impressed with the archive display set out by College Archivist, Craig Marshall, which included some sporting relics and depictions of some of the guests and players there.

The event was also an opportunity for donors to the Pavilion Project to discuss progress and peruse plans for the restoration of the historic building which will, funding permitting, be completed in the College’s 150th Anniversary Year. From parents, former parents and the OFs that attended this event, there really was a clear indication of the fondness felt, not only for the building itself, but for what it represents to so many and the important nostalgia that is steeped in the walls of this very special place.

Above all, the sense of community and support on the day meant that spectators and players alike left feeling happy, if a little damp!

“We had a lovely time catching up with some great people and some fond memories, including wet cricket afternoons!” – Past Parent