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David Gower urges Lord’s to bring back traditional Oxford-Cambridge and Eton-Harrow matches


David Gower is the latest big name to speak out against the decision to scrap the annual Eton v Harrow and Oxford v Cambridge matches

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David Gower is the latest big name to speak out against the decision to scrap the annual Eton v Harrow and Oxford v Cambridge matches

David Gower today urged Lord’s not to throw away the centuries’ old tradition pitting Eton against Harrow and Oxford against Cambridge each year – scrapped from next summer in a diversity drive.

The former England cricket captain, 65, who did not attend any of those schools or universities, is the latest big name to oppose the decision to replace the fixtures in 2023.

The traditional games dating back 197 years will now likely be played on school and university grounds. 

But a special AGM has been called for next week – where disgruntled Lord’s members will try to reinstate the matches claiming they were not properly consulted.

It comes after pressure from ‘anti-sexism’ campaigners who protested against the Oxbridge Varsity last summer, demanding the women’s version take place alongside the men’s at the ‘Home of Cricket’. 

Mr Gower told The…