Over the past 5 years, Kings’ has developed a vibrant and successful cricket programme offering pupils from years 7-11 opportunities to compete in the Winchester and Eastleigh League, Hampshire Cup and national competitions.
Much success has been enjoyed with numerous year group teams reaching and winning finals. A major success being that of the 2008 year 8 team (u13s) who reached the last 8 in the country in the national Bunbury competition.
A recent past pupil, Stuart Ransley, enjoyed 2 years on the MCC staff before going on to Cardiff University where he is currently playing for the University Centre of Excellence team and appeared in the UCCE final at Lords in 2009.
An increasing number of Kings’ cricketers are selected for District teams and from there, graduate on to the full Hampshire Cricket board teams. A number of cricketers are linked in with local clubs and increasingly, Kings’ pupils are seen to be doing well in adult weekend teams.
Training takes place on Monday’s after school in the Summer term. All keen cricketers are welcome irrespective of ability. Lunchtime training sessions take place to compliment the coaching work done at other times. Teaching staff are qualified through the ECB coach education courses and take responsibility for managing year group teams throughout the summer. Outside professional coaching assistance has been brought in to add to the team of teaching staff. An ECB Cricket Young Leaders course has been tutored to the senior pupils who in turn, assist the teaching staff with the coaching of the Year 7 cricketers.
Facilities at Kings’ offer playing and training opportunities; 1 artificial pitch offering pace and bounce together with a Flicx pitch used for junior cricket. A 4 lane outdoor net facility together with a full sized Astroturf pitch are used for training and skill development. The sportshall provides an indoor space for cricket training to take place in inclement weather.
All teams are provided with a full bag of equipment for matches. Pupils are expected to wear Kings’ cricket shirts and caps during matches.
House cricket is open to all abilities and takes place during the Summer term between the 4 Houses – this year attracting over 200 participants.