St Edward’s has an outstanding reputation as one of the top cricket playing schools in the country.

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he Cricket Club is open to all years in the School, and can put out thirteen cricket teams for a block fixture. With six pitches, six state of the art artificial nets, four indoor nets and a Merlyn spin bowling machine, (and the use of the Nuffield Health Sports Centre for integrated cricket-specific physio and core stability programmes); St Edward’s facilities are exceptional.

‘Upper One’ and the Martyrs Pavilion (designed by John Pawson) make for one of the finest settings for 1st XI cricket in the country, and it is easy to see why Gloucestershire CCC youth academy train here at St Edward’s. This partnership with Gloucestershire is hugely beneficial for the School, and this year we have eight of our elite players in their county set up. In addition there are boys who play for numerous county academy sides. Over recent years we have had several boys picked to play for the South and West XI, and Miles Hammond was recently picked for the England U19 team.

In 2014, the 1st XI were the most successful team in the School’s 150-year history in terms of the most wins in a season (20), and this was achieved against an extremely tough fixture card. The 1st XI has won the John Harvey cup (a league featuring Marlborough, Radley, Cheltenham, Bradfield and Winchester) for a record four years in succession. In 2016 the 1st XI won 15 matches in total, retained the John Harvey Cup and were privileged to play against the Oxford University MCCU at The Parks. The Cricket Club tours internationally and has recently visited South Africa, Sri Lanka, Spain and Barbados.

The Cricket Club benefits from first-rate coaching staff, which includes former First Class cricketers, Minor Counties players and superbly knowledgeable amateurs. Crucially the enthusiasm for cricket is shared across all levels making it an important facet of sport at St Edward’s.

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