Cricket is a key sport in the Summer Term but during the Winter months there is a comprehensive off-season training programme consisting of one to ones, squad sessions and nets along with a physical fitness programme to prepare our cricketers for the season ahead.
There is a strong fixture list against schools comprising the likes of Oakham, Harrow, St. Edward’s, Marlborough, Oundle, Rugby, Malvern College, MCS Oxford, Berkhamsted and Uppingham, amongst others. The 1st XI is also a part of The Silk Trophy which comprises of Stowe, Eton, Shrewsbury and an overseas touring side.
Stowe Cricket has enjoyed many successes in recent Summers - winning The Silk Trophy and reaching the Quarter Finals of the National T20 in 2021. Five Stoics have signed professional contracts in recent years. Of those, Ben Duckett (Grafton 13) is the highest profile, going on to represent England in all three formats of the game, as well as playing in multiple T20 leagues around the world. Graeme White (Bruce 05) has also played for the England Lions.
Academia goes hand in hand with cricket at Stowe and we have fed into Loughborough, Durham and Cambridge MCCU's (Marylebone Cricket Club Universities).
Russell Cobb, Loughborough University Men’s Cricket Performance Programme Head Coach said,
“There are certain characteristics that Olly Clarke (Chandos, 16) and Adam King (Bruce, 17) have that I can only think have been installed or developed at Stowe School…
Their work ethic is outstanding and they are so curious.
Their hard work that is inputted into their game has rewarded them with relative success during the early part of their careers. They are always seeking more knowledge and striving to improve their understanding of the game. They are a credit to their clubs, school and counties.”
There cannot be many better settings for cricket than the North Front at Stowe. It was voted the most picturesque ground in England in the school’s Tattler magazine and was featured as one of 12 of the country’s most scenic Cricket grounds in the Wisden Cricketer Magazine’s Calendar. Stowe has also been included in the Top 100 Schools Cricket Guide also published in the Wisden Cricketer Magazine.
In terms of facilities the School has 11 lanes of turf nets, 10 lanes of Astro-Turf nets, a batting cage, new lighting in the sports hall, three bowling machines and a Merlyn machine, covering for the whole 1st XI square and a ‘super sopper’ (very handy for a typically wet English Summer!). The School has also invested in NV Live video analysis system. With plenty of boarding facilities the School is also able to host teams from overseas as well as other English schools, which we do on a regular basis during our end of term festivals.
Stowe runs up to 15 teams, seven Senior and eight Junior. Our full time Head of Cricket is James Knott (Level III coach), who was a professional with Surrey County Cricket Club. Performance teams have two coaches available to them to ensure players get the individual coaching required for them to reach their full potential. To complement the staff coaching team several Level III & IV external coaches are used throughout the year to offer specialist coaching.
Girls' Cricket is growing with a Junior and Senior XI playing in regular fixtures throughout the Summer Term. Our high performing girls also have the opportunity to play in a boys' team. Our recent leaver – Holly Phillips (Nugent 20) has been part of the Loughborough Lightning squad.
Once every three years the 1st XI embarks on a major tour abroad. Recent tours have included Sri Lanka, Grenada, India, Cape Town and Dubai. Every other year the Junior A teams have a pre-season tour - the most recent to Cape Town during February Half Term 2017.