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Cricket is the major sport for boys in the summer term at St John’s. The School’s aim is to provide cricketers of all ages and abilities the chance to take part and represent the school. The School also encourages pupils at the elite level to play and have the chance of representing their county, region or country. St John’s run block fixtures each Saturday for the following teams:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI
  • U15 A, B, C
  • U14 A, B, C
  • U13 A, B
  • U12 A, B

Our current fixture list includes, among others, St Paul’s School, Eastbourne College, Hampton School, KCS Wimbledon and Reeds School. The 1st XI also have annual games against the MCC and XL Forty Club, and are very proud of their relationship with both. Each year the 1st XI take part in an end of summer cricket festival alongside Brentwood School, Ipswich School and Abingdon.

Girls’ cricket has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Cricket is offered to the Lower School girls in their first year at the school and they play a number of different Saturday fixtures against schools such as Dunottar, Epsom College and Kingston Grammar School. The girls also take part in cricket festivals each summer, which vary from softball games to six a side tournaments. This is a fantastic development for the school and the next few years should prove very exciting.

Our Director of Cricket David Hammond, a former Essex CCC cricketer, runs a training programme throughout the winter months for all St John’s cricketers, and this provides a great opportunity for the players to continue practising their skills out of season. One-to-one training sessions are also available to cricketers looking to refine their skills. St John’s excellent relationship with Surrey CCC, alongside Mr Hammond’s close links to Essex County Cricket Club, provide our pupils with the best chance of achieving their potential.

The School’s U15 squad have toured the UAE for the past two years, taking part in the prestigious Arch Cup in Dubai. This has proved the perfect preparation for the busy summer term. Shorter pre-season trips to Europe have also taken place recently, the warm weather training proving invaluable. Tours to Sri Lanka and Barbados are currently being considered.

The schools achievements in recent years include:

  • 1st XI Festival Shield winners 2015
  • 1st XI Festival Shield winners 2016
  • U14 T20 plate winners 2015
  • U14 County Cup winners 2016