Quidnuncs and Harlequins

Who are the Quidnuncs & Harlequins?

The Harlequins Cricket Club is a wandering cricket club formed in 1852 by fellows of Merton College, Oxford.  The club is made up exclusively of current and former Oxford University first-class cricketers.  Notably, rather than play in the normal 'whites' associated with cricket, until the end of the 19th centry the team's whole kit, and not just the cap, was coloured Oxford blue, maroon and buff.

Cricketers who represent Cambridge University strive to be awarded a cricketing 'Blue', the University-wide mark of sporting achievement.  A 'Blue' is currently awarded to those representing the First XI at Lord's in the Varsity 1-day fixture (Oxford University only awards a Blue for the First Class Fixture).  Old Blues are eligible to join the Quidnuncs.  The Quidnuncs join for a 5-yearly dinner in the Long Room at Lord's, the next of which will be in 2015.