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10 January 2017

King's Cricketing Talent Continues into 2017

We may have only just arrived back for the new term, but on the first day our cricketers were back in the nets preparing for the season ahead.

This year we have seven players involved with elite county Academy Programmes and a further four in the lower school years who are part of county Elite Player Programmes (EPP).

This is the highest number of players that King's has ever had on these programmes, and the future certainly looks bright for both the school and each of the young cricketers.

Jack Gibbs is on the Gloucestershire Academy, Kazi Szymanski and Lorenzo Machado are both part of the Glamorgan Academy, Sam Wyatt is involved with the Potential Somerset Player Programme (PSPP), while Will Smeed, Nathan Gilchrist and Tom Banton are all members of the Somerset Academy.

Further to this James Rew and George Thomas (King's Hall) along with Tom Hall and Henry Smeed (King’s College) are all also on the Somerset EPP programme, and

Ollie Southon is on the Hampshire EPP.

Commenting, Director of Cricket, Phil Lewis said: "It is overwhelming to have so much talent, but we are also very lucky that our players get regular game time in the season with their respective counties.

“Our fixture list and programme is set up to allow all of our players the opportunity to play top opposition at both school, club and county level, while also giving them the time they need to study for their A levels and GCSEs. It is very easy to manoeuvre things around to suit each individual and we think our players are very lucky to be in the environment they are in here.”

One player who has done particularly well recently is Tom Banton , who has made the England U19 (EDP) squad to tour India.

The Director of Cricket said: “Tom has improved immeasurably since arriving at King's College well over a year ago and has put in some excellent performances for Somerset, which warranted his call -up to the Young Lions squad who spent three weeks in Dubai before Christmas.”

Tom impressed enough on this tour with some good innings and handy glove work . As a result , he will join the U19 EDP squad, travelling to India on 25 January.

From left to right- Jack Gibbs ,Kazi Szymanski, Will Smeed, Nathan Gilchrist, Tom Banton, Lorenzo Machado and Sam Wyatt.

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