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Club 1541 and King's battle it out for the Freeman Cups

8 Jul 2022
Written by George Smith

Well done to all teams competing up at Archdeacon Meadows on Sunday. The rain just about stayed away to allow the Club 1541 Cricket and Netball teams to take on the King's first teams.

These matches had a new significance as they were the first teams to play for the Freeman Cups.

The Freeman family have kindly bequeathed four trophies to the school for Club 1541 matches. Mrs Claire Freeman is pictured presenting one of the cups to the Headmaster, Mr Morton, on Sports Day this year. The Freeman family have had four children at King’s, all of whom have enjoyed their sport and played at a very high level. Mr Morton commented, "I was delighted to learn that the Freeman family had generously supported the school by purchasing these four cups. The Club 1541 teams play annually against the boys’ and girls’ First XI at hockey, the First VII at netball and the First XV at rugby with all games being very competitive and packed with talented players."

On the Netball court, the standard was incredibly high with the tight match finishing 21-18 in favour of the King's team. The match was played in a fantastic spirit as some players played for the first time in years. Many players then stayed behind to catch up and enjoy swapping stories from their time at and after King's.

Next door the Club 1541 Cricket team were batting first in their 20 over match and set out to attack from ball one! The opening pair of father and son Miles and Matteo Dunkley had to face son/ brother Sami. After some stylish boundaries the first wicket came as son bowled Dad! 

Despite some good bowling and fielding from King's, a blistering century from Josh Barnes meant Club 1541 wracked up over 200 in their 20 overs.

In reply the 'home side' started strongly but lost regular wickets and finished nine wickets down and well short of their target.

Thank you to the former students who came back and helped to make it such a lovely day.

Don't forget, the next Club 1541 matches take place as part of the Reuinion weekend in September. The Rugby and Hockey matches will be played on Sunday 19th September. If you would like to play, get it touch by emailing

Full details on how to buy your tickets to the bubbly brunch and black tie dinner on Saturday 18th September will be released soon. Learn more about the Reunion Weekend by clicking here.

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