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Academy Cricketers Prepare for the Season Ahead

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Five King’s College cricketers have just returned to school after being part of the eight-strong Somerset Academy group who recently attended a two-week training camp in Mumbai.

All five players, four of whom started their cricketing journey at King’s Hall, live in or close to Taunton and play their cricket for local clubs in Premier One of the West of England Premier League, as well as representing the school.

During their time in Mumbai, Charlie S, James R, Josh T, George T and Henry S enjoyed a substantial amount of time practicing on grass surfaces, which is invaluable at this time of the year. They also had the chance to experience first-hand, some of the Indian culture.

Accompanying the players and the other Somerset Academy staff was cricket coach Alex Barrow, himself a former King’s pupil. Alex graduated through the Somerset Academy before joining the playing staff at the club – making him an ideal person to help develop and train our young players. He made his first XI debut for the county in 2011 and in total made 40 first-class appearances in which he scored over 1200 runs. He is now a full-time coach dividing his time between both King’s Hall and King’s College.

Commenting on the recent trip and the programme here at King's, our Director of Sport, Phil Lewis, said: “This was a great experience for the five boys and quite a remarkable achievement to have so many King’s cricketers in the Somerset Academy group included in this trip.”

He added: “Having Alex on board, who also developed through the school and the Academy pathway, bodes well for the future. To have this many talented young players is testament to the strength of the cricket programme we have developed at King’s over the years."

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