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 comprising the likes of Oakham, Harrow, Radley, Bedford, Marlborough, Oundle, Rugby, Stamford, Bradfield College and Uppingham amongst others.
Stowe cricket has enjoyed many successes in recent summers with five Stoics signing full professional contracts in the last ten years. Ben Duckett is the most recent to have signed a professional contract with Northamptonshire CCC. Ben also captained England U19s and was their leading run scorer in the U19 World Cup. Our 1st XI wicket keeper/batsman - Adam King (Bruce, Fifth Form) has just signed for the Northants Academy.
There cannot be many better settings for cricket than the North Front at Stowe. It was recently 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.
There has been major investment into cricket in recent years which has seen the addition of a seventh square, 11 lanes of turf nets, re-laid astro nets, a batting cage, £30,000 of lighting in the sports hall, two new bowling machines and stands, new covering for the whole 1st XI square and a ‘super sopper’ (very handy for a typically wet English summer!). The School has also invested over £10,000 in video analysis equipment. The most recent addition is the ‘Meryln’ Bowling Machine, used by counties and international teams to hone batsman’s skills against spin bowling. 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.
Teams and Coaches
Stowe runs up to 15 teams, seven Senior and eight Junior. Our full time Head of Cricket is James Knott, 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. Several of the coaching staff have also played first class cricket. To compliment the staff coaching team several external coaches are used throughout the year to offer specialist coaching.
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 La Manga in Spain where they had five days of training and matches.
Head of Cricket: Mr James Knott