Cricket at King’s College, Taunton, has always been at the forefront of the school’s culture and traditions. It currently has the status of being a Centre of Cricketing Excellence. This has been more than reflected in the last five seasons of cricket, in which the 1st XI lost only a handful of fixtures, while at the same time gaining considerable success in the National T20 knockout competition.
The school has nurtured an amazing wealth of talent over the last few years. Jos Buttler, now the England ODI and Test international wicket keeper, spent five years at King’s developing his game. To add to this, Alex Barrow, Craig Meschede and James Regan are all professionals at Somerset CCC with whom the school has very strong links. And this summer Neil Brand, captain of the school’s first XI made his debut for Somerset Seconds.
In a special feature for The InCider, Phil Lewis, Director of Cricket at King’s, looks back at a highly successful 2014 season for the school.
King’s College have enjoyed one of their best ever cricket seasons, which has culminated with the selection of former pupil Jos Buttler to play for England in the Third Test Match against India at Southampton.
The school First XI, led by Neil Brand, enjoyed a phenomenal season in which they remained undefeated against all their regular school opposition, including a win over local rivals Millfield for the second year in a row.
Brand himself became the first ever King’s pupil to top 1,000 runs for the school, which included five centuries (one of which was at Millfield) a feat he achieved in the penultimate match of the season.
The other teams at King’s have also had huge success this season and in particular the Under 14s who triumphed in the Somerset county cup final and remained unbeaten all season in their regular school fixtures.
Kazi Szymanski was named Young Player of the Year after his brilliant knock to help win the semi-final against Millfield School and also for the wickets that he has taken with his brisk seam bowling.
Hamish Manger received the Spirit of Cricket Award and Neil Brand and Brad Lynch received the Buttler/Barrow Partnership Prize, almost beating the namesake record with a partnership of 307. This was just 34 runs short of the record set by the two former pupils, both of whom have gone on to make a career in the game.
The strength of King’s College cricket is not only demonstrated by the 24 pupils who currently represent their counties, but also by the large number a of pupils who have access to training throughout the winter and an extensive training and match programme throughout the summer term, regardless of their playing standard. King’s recently featured on Sky Sports in a documentary about the success of schools cricket. Please see link; http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/cricket/9398949/club-life-school-cricket
The Somerset U15 team, which includes the four King’s boys; Tom Pittman, James Clark, Jordan Baker and Jack Scrivens (pictured), won an inter-county competition. There were ten county teams in the competition and Somerset played five games over five days at Oundle School. All of the King’s boys contributed with both bat and ball to the five wins.
We have also received the great news that current pupils Liam Redrup and Calvin Harrison are joining Sam Underdown at the Somerset Cricket Academy, and that Charles Clist has been selected for the Somerset Elite Performers Programme.
King’s is now one of the leading cricket schools in the country. In recent times they have produced no fewer than seven professional cricketers, one of which, Jos Buttler continues to make the headlines. Buttler joined the school as a 13-year-old and developed his game extensively through the King’s cricket programme.
Earlier this year Buttler scored the fastest one day century for England, after which he returned to King’s to meet the current First XI squad and to officially open the ‘Buttler Ramp’, a spectators’ seating mound on the boundary edge.
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We are looking for candidates of character, with potential and ability in games. Academically, we expect candidates to be up to the standard of a sound Common Entrance pass. These scholarships are for external candidates only.
The deadlines for our sports scholarships are as follows:
- 11+ scholarship – 28 November 2014 (the assessment will take place on 24 January 2015)
- 13+ scholarship – 1 February 2015 (the assessment will take place on 26-27 February 2015)
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Phil Lewis is currently the Director of Cricket at King’s, and is in charge of coaching the 1st XI and the school’s elite players. To contact Phil please email him at: PDLewis@kings-taunton.co.uk