Will Macpherson OL interviews Mason Crane OL during the recent Ashes tour

Cricket at Lancing dates back to 1857, where the earliest team was captained by G Woodard, the son of the College’s founder Nathaniel Woodard. Cricket has since become one of the most popular and successful sports at Lancing, and the College's Cricket Club is run by Mr Raj Maru, an ex-professional player who has represented Hampshire and Middlesex. The Peter Robinson Cricket Scholarship is awarded annually to the most outstanding cricketing applicants for the Third and Sixth Form. In 2017 it was awarded to Lancing's first female cricket scholar, Alice C who – in addition to representing the College – plays for Surrey Stars and Surrey Women.

Cricket has always been very popular with OLs (Lancing’s former pupils): the Lancing Rovers take part in many events during the summer, including a home fixture against the MCC, and continue the great sporting tradition which has been running for the past 50 years.

Will Macpherson left Lancing in 2009 (depressingly, he thinks, before Mason even arrived!) and has worked as a cricket journalist since graduating from Edinburgh in 2013. He has covered county cricket for the Guardian and ESPNcricinfo before heading to The Times to cover this winter's Ashes, alongside former England captain Michael Atherton.

Mason Crane was educated at Lancing Prep Hove before joining Lancing College in the Third Form in 2010. Mason is the very first OL to play test cricket; in Sydney he also became the youngest specialist spinner to play for England for 90 years.

Will recently interviewed Mason – while both were in Australia for the Ashes – for Wisden. Read the full interview here

Will and Mason Crane