Cricket is the School’s oldest major sport and is played throughout the summer term by the pupils. The School is blessed with a superb arena for the game on The Park being renowned as one of the most beautiful grounds to play cricket in the London area. The two other squares are surrounded by trees. Three senior teams and five junior teams play regularly on a local circuit of schools, enjoying the summer tranquillity of the hillside setting and excellent practice facilities.
The School has the services of a professional coach, the ex-Middlesex opener, Mr IJF Hutchinson, who supports the well-qualified teacher coaches and still retains strong links with Middlesex CCC.
The School takes its Cricket seriously along with all the other Sports that it offers. The School plays many of the local independent Schools and some from further afield. The Pavilion has just been extensively refurbished and we are proud to have what is considered by many the most beautiful ground in London.
Players are regularly selected to represent Middlesex and Hertfordshire age group sides, and indeed England. Adam Rossington, now a recent old boy, has a three year professional contract with Middlesex CCC and made his debut for the First Team against the Sri Lankan touring team. Our girls have also done exceptionally well representing both the School (playing as part of the boys’ team) and their county. Indeed, both India Whitty and Sophia Dunkley have been selected for the England Women’s Development Programme for U15s.
There have been other cricketing events outside the summer term. Separate visits from Michael Atherton, Michael Vaughan and current Middlesex players Steven Finn and David Malan add to the cricket experience here at the School.
Pupils have the opportunity to Tour during their time here and there been several trips recently including La Manga in Spain and India twice and a new proposed tour to Sri Lanka in Easter 2014.