There cannot be many better settings for cricket than the North Front at Stowe. The North Front pitch has been host to Northants 1st and 2nd XI fixtures and in July 2017 was the school hosted the famous Bunbury Festival. 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.
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, three 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 as well as a ‘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 (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. Several of the coaching staff have also played first class cricket. To complement the staff coaching team several Level III & IV 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 Cape Town during February half term 2017.
Head of Cricket: Mr James Knott