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Varsity Cricket at Lords 2018

Cantab Asset Management was delighted to support the 2018 Varsity Cricket match between Cambridge and Oxford universities, which took place at Lord’s on Friday 22 June.

Before the match David Saunderson, Chief Executive of Cantab Asset Management, presented the caps to the new players on the Cambridge team.

Cambridge opened the batting and posted a score of 222 for 7. Oxford responded strongly and won the match with a score of 223 for 5.

Cantab Asset Management congratulates Oxford on their win and all players on a well-contested match.

Full scorecard of the match

Cantab Asset Management was thrilled to escort guests to the MCC Museum and the MCC Real Tennis court. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is the keeper of the Laws of cricket and the art, history and evolving cultural identity of the Game at all levels. The MCC Museum is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world, dedicated to tracing the history and development of cricket. A highlight during the lunchtime visit was seeing The Ashes Urn, a personal gift to England captain the Hon. Ivo Bligh in 1882/83, later donated to the MCC by his widow in 1928.

The term 'Ashes' was first used after England lost to Australia - for the first time on home soil - at The Oval on 29th August 1882.

A day later, the Sporting Times carried a mock obituary of English cricket which concluded that: "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia". The concept caught the imagination of the sporting public.

A few weeks later, an English team, captained by the Hon Ivo Bligh [later Lord Darnley], set off to tour Australia, with Bligh vowing to return with "the ashes"; his Australian counterpart, WL Murdoch, similarly vowed to defend them.

David Saunderson next to The Ashes Urn

David Saunderson presenting the caps to the Cambridge Women's Team