26th November 2020 — Spratton Hall are delighted to once again be recognised by The Cricketer magazine as one of the 50 cricketing prep schools in the country.
The inclusion follows an exhaustive process which saw a record number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide, despite the ongoing pandemic. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
Prior the first lockdown Spratton Hall were having a fantastic year for cricket. The girls’ 1st XI cricket team were victorious in the Lady Taverners Indoor County Finals held at the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club in March and as a result became county champions! Despite not being able to play cricket during much of the summer term, several girls and boys were still promoted to County level.
Upon returning to Spratton Hall in the autumn, the Prep School made up for lost time by incorporating cricket into the autumn sport’s calendar. The boys and girls could also finally start to use the School’s eight new cricket nets to improve their bowling and batting skills. Bubbled matches between houses, also gave the child the opportunity to keep their competitive juices flowing.
Headmaster, Simon Clarke, a keen cricketer himself explains Spratton Hall’s cricket philosophy: ‘We believe in 'cricket for all', and both girls and boys of all ages play it as their main summer sport. We achieve excellence as we start coaching cricket from age 6, so there is real depth in the cricketing teams and every pupil gets the opportunity to play a role in matches’.
Recognising the challenge of keeping cricket going in schools’ during the pandemic, the Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said “There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances, to preserve a love of the game among the next generation. Congratulations to all of the schools included and we look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.”