Published on: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

King’s College is pleased to announce the continuation of its long-standing partnership with Somerset County Cricket Club (SCCC). This renewal maintains the excellent links that already exist between King’s and SCCC, fostering a tradition of sporting excellence and providing countless opportunities for young cricketers to develop their skills and love of the game.

As a designated Centre of Cricketing Excellence, King’s College has produced several notable Somerset players over the years, including Jos Buttler, Eddie Byrom, Alex Barrow, Craig Meschede, James Regan, Nathan Gilchrist, Tom Banton, Will Smeed, James Rew, George Thomas, Sonny Baker, and Josh Thomas.

As part of the renewed agreement, King’s will sponsor Tom Banton and James Rew during the 2024 season. Both players have been prominent this season, each scoring centuries in the county championship victory over Kent. Tom Banton and Will Smeed also led the way in Somerset's victory over Essex in the opening Vitality Blast match of the 2024 campaign.

Regarding the partnership renewal, Somerset CCC Commercial Director Caroline Herbert said, “We are delighted that our relationship with King’s College is set to continue. We both have a long and successful tradition of playing an important role in the development of local young sportsmen and women, both on and off the field. The ever-growing list of First XI players who have attended King’s College speaks for itself and should be a real inspiration for the young people of the region.”

Michael Sloan, Headmaster of King’s College, added, “At King’s, we are very proud of our strong cricket tradition and our passion for the sport. The continuing partnership with SCCC is a testament to the strength of the relationship between King’s and the home of Somerset cricket, and one that we are delighted to continue. King’s and SCCC share a commitment to promoting the benefits of sport to young people, and we are looking forward to both girls and boys enjoying the season ahead.”

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