Cricket

Cricket is the major sport in the Summer term at Gresham’s.

The School fields up to 11 sides on a Saturday ranging from the 1st XI to U14C and two girls teams. The School teams play a wide variety of fixtures against other local schools such as Royal Hospital School, The Leys, Norwich School and as well as invitational sides such as The Forty Club and West Norfolk CC. The 1st XI also plays an annual fixture with the MCC. The First XI will play up to 20 fixtures a season with a mixture of all day, 50 over and T20 style matches. We have a record of producing high quality players and in the last two years have had up to 10 pupils representing Norfolk at different age groups. In 2018/19 the 1st XI had their most successful season ever playing 24 matches and winning 18. This included winning 14 out of 15 matches vs Schools and the U14 became winners of the County tournament.

Gresham’s has four squares 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. We run a busy winter programme with the top teams training once to twice a week and then the Juniors training in GAP times. Our Director of Cricket Chris Brown undertakes one-one and group sessions weekly with pupils.

Gresham’s has a long and proud tradition of touring. In 2019 we toured Sri Lanka which was a terrific experience for 14 pupils and 3 staff. We played in some terrific locations; Kandy, Colombo and Galle. The team played 4 matches, winning 3 and losing 1. In previous years we have toured 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.

If you have any questions about the cricket programme at Gresham’s please contact Master in charge of Cricket, Dominic Atkinson datkinson@greshams.com.

Cricket Report 2019 1st XI