Cricket is the major sport in the Summer term at Gresham’s.
The School fields two sides in the U14 and U15 age groups and three senior sides. Because of examination commitments there is no U16 side. The School teams play a wide variety of fixtures against other local schools such as Royal Hospital School, The Leys, Norwich School and The Perse School as well as invitational sides such as Norfolk CC Under 17, The Forty Club and West Norfolk CC. The 1st XI also plays an annual fixture with the MCC.
Gresham’s is fortunate enough to have four pitches at the Senior School, the 1st XI pitch being in a particularly picturesque spot in the middle of the school. We have a large set of both artificial and grass nets to help with team practice, as well. Wickets are always extremely well prepared by the ground staff and the school is often complimented on the standard of the pitches we provide. Recent improvements to the Sports Hall flooring have meant a higher standard of indoor practice facilities are available and in 2014 the school opened a new school pavilion!
Gresham’s has a long and proud tradition of touring the Caribbean; we have taken part in the Sir Garfield Sobers Tournament many times and have played against a young Brian Lara and other future Test stars. The 1st XI continued this tradition with a tour to Barbados in 2013 and in 2016.
Gresham’s appointed Chris Brown as Director of Cricket in September 2017 and he has responsibility for leading the cricket programme throughout the school.
Chris is a former first-class cricketer who started his career with Lancashire County Cricket Club and is the current Captain/Coach for Norfolk County Cricket Club. He is the Norfolk Age-Group Performance Manager, ECB Spin consultant and England Young Lions Scout and works alongside the ECB’s Head Spin Coach, Peter Such on the ECB Elite Spin Bowling programme.
Chris has played First Class and List A cricket both in the UK and overseas and has experience as a coach with several ICC Associate Nations including USA, Canada, Bermuda and Guernsey.