Cricket at King's has always been at the forefront of the school's culture and traditions. It currently has the status of being a Centre of Cricketing Excellence.
The school has also been awarded the status of being one of the first MCC Foundation Hubs, an initiative which will allow local young cricketers to access the brilliant coaching and facilities that King's can provide. It has been a huge success so far and continues to emphasise the school’s growing cricketing reputation.
King's boasts an amazing campus of pitches where six games can be going on at any one time, all against the backdrop of the main school buildings. The school has a number of artificial outdoor nets next to each of the pitches, and we also have an excellent indoor net training facility, including four bowling machines, perfect for our winter training schedule. King's is also highly regarded within ECB development, thanks to the hundreds of cricketers who come down to represent their counties at the summer cricket festivals held at King's College. ( http://www.westcricketfestivals.com/)
Phil Lewis is currently the Director of Cricket at King's, and is in charge of coaching the 1st XI and our Elite players. Head groundsman and cricket professional Dennis Breakwell, a Somerset cricket legend, is not only an integral part of the coaching set-up but is also said to produce the best school cricket pitches in the country. Robert Woodman, an ex-Somerset and Gloucestershire cricket professional is also part of the coaching set-up and works closely with Phil in developing our players. We aim to develop players of all abilities and do so with an excellent fixture list against the leading cricket schools in the South West.
A lot of our success can not only be attributed to the excellent facilities and coaching staff throughout the school, but also to the amazing wealth of talent that we have nurtured over the last few years. Jos Buttler, now the England ODI and Test international wicket keeper, spent 5 years at King’s developing his game. To add to this, Alex Barrow, Craig Meschede and James Regan are all professionals at Somerset CCC with whom we have very strong links. Charlie Morris has just completed his 2nd season at Worcestershire CCC. Our two most recent 1st XI captains Rhys Davies and Neil Brand have both signed deals with the MCCYCs and Glamorgan CCC respectively.
However, it is not just at the top end of the school that we are producing top players. Throughout the school there are numerous other county players representing their age groups, all of whom are hoping to follow in the same footsteps as Buttler and the rest of our recent professional cricketers. There is also a long list of former pupils who have played first-class cricket in the past, including Roger Twose (ex-New Zealand Test and ODI cricketer), Richard Harden, Nick Boulton (Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1998), Tom Webley and our very own Phil Lewis.
We have two perspectives from a cricketing point of view. The first is through our EPP (Elite Player Programme), which is designed for cricketers of any age who are pushing county EPPs or academies with a view to gaining professional contracts. The other is trying to improve any of our cricketers who simply love the game and wish to become as good as possible so that they acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to progress in to playing at as high a level of club, university or representative cricket as possible when they leave the school.
For a more in-depth look in to our cricket, Phil Lewis and some of our players featured in a Test match special this summer on school cricket. Please follow this link.