Cricketing Superstars Give Back to King's
We're delighted to announce a series of online cricket masterclasses with some of our former pupils, to provide a bit more of a diverse platform to our cricketers during the lockdown.
Jos Buttler and Tom Banton, as well as a number of other current cricket professionals who attended King’s, have agreed to offer some words of wisdom based on specific skills within the game. Eddie Byrom and Nathan Gilchrist (Somerset), Charlie Morris (Worcestershire) Craig Meschede (Glamorgan) and Neil Brand (South Africa A team) are also currently in the line-up. Brainchild of our Director of Sport, Phil Lewis, the idea is to deliver virtual masterclasses online that will be available to current pupils and staff at both King’s Hall and King’s College.
First up is England cricketer Jos Buttler. Jos joined King's as a 13 year old from Hugh Sexey’s, making his Somerset debut in September 2009. Two years later he made his England debut and has gone onto make a name for himself as one of the most exciting batsmen, especially in limited over cricket. And last summer he played a key role in helping England to win the ICC 50 Over World Cup.
On the following Tuesday it will be the turn of Tom Banton. Tom, now 21, joined King's in the Sixth Form, and has made his name as an attacking batsman playing the kind of audacious shots that turns matches, and the crowds love to see. He made his Somerset debut in 2017. Following this, he has taken the cricketing world by storm, making his England debut in 2019, also playing in the Big Bash out in Australia and other white ball competitions.
Next to deliver a masterclass will be Worcestershire cricketer Charlie Morris. Making his debut for the county back in 2013, Charlie went onto Oxford MCCU after King’s, and also played for Devon in the Minor Counties in 2011-12, before playing for Worcestershire the following season where, to date, he has claimed over 200 victims in all formats.
Commenting on his idea, Phil said: “I approached our former pupils and each of them said they would be delighted to help with these sessions. It's really wonderful – there are thousands of skills and ideas tutorials online at present and so it’s a chance to offer a slightly different learning experience for our cricketers in these unprecedented times”
He added: “During the course of each masterclass there will also be a platform for pupils to send in questions for the guest cricketer to answer, so not only plenty of great interaction but also a chance for our community to get to know these great characters even better. We have a lot of pupils who have come to King’s to improve their cricket, and with a large proportion of the season looking unlikely to even start up, we hope this will, in some way, help provide the experience and learning objectives that every training session and match normally provides.”
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