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Stamford School

Cricket

Cricket matches have been contested in the fantastic setting of Stamford School’s Mainfields and in front of the picturesque pavilion for well over a century. Today the game is as strong as ever, and Stamford School goes “cricket mad” each year during the summer months. Huge numbers of boys elect to play in their games sessions and after school practices. Every spare moment is taken up by informal games in the playground and on the playing fields. House fixtures, including six-a-side tournaments, dominate lunch breaks and long summer evenings.

The majority of fixtures take place on Saturdays, when the school fields three senior XIs and A, B and C teams all the way down to U12s. The school has a strong fixture list which includes long-standing and healthy rivalries with the likes of Oakham, Oundle, and Uppingham. We are fortunate that a number of touring sides from the Southern Hemisphere come over and play against us. This also gives the boys a cultural experience, particularly when we billet for the opposition. The 1st XI play prestigious fixtures against The MCC, The Forty Club and The Lincolnshire Gentlemen, and the final weekend of term sees the return of the Old Stamfordians who field a team to play our 1st XI.                

Winter nets are run by the coaching staff for players of all abilities as well as the elite team members. Pre-season training is also offered in holiday time for all school sides. Elite players are also able to enjoy one to one sessions with the schools coaching staff.

International tours in recent years have taken Stamford sides as far as the Caribbean and Sri Lanka. Every cricketer is given the opportunity to go on a tour in either Year 9 or 10.  

The school has many players involved with county academy programmes and boasts strong relationships with the surrounding first class counties.

Mr Charlie Esson runs the cricket programme and is aided by our full time coach Mr Dean Headley who represented England in one day and test cricket, including the 1999 Ashes series Down Under.

Stamford School has produced many players who have gone on to higher honours, including the legendary MJK Smith, who captained the national side and was the first person to represent England at both rugby and cricket.

Any queries please contact Master IC Cricket Mr Charlie Esson- caesson@ses.lincs.sch.uk

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