The UK’s best schools for cricket have been revealed in The Cricketer’s Schools Guide 2023 with several schools in Harrow making the list.
State and private schools are both well represented in the top 100, with John Lyon School, Harrow School and William Perkin School all in the top 100 as selected by The Cricketer’s judging panel.
2023’s successful roll call of schools – which features both state-funded and private establishments – was finalised after an exhaustive selection process that saw a huge number submit entries for inclusion in the guide with three schools in Harrow making the list.
All entries were then judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
The Cricketer gathered entries and compiled the leading lists, consulting former England star Lydia Greenway and her coaching initiative Cricket For Girls to select the top 20 all-girls schools.
The Cricketer magazine editor Huw Turbervill said: “I’ve read some inspirational stories working on this year’s guide. Take MimAldred, an allrounder playing in the boys’ 1st XI at Dragon School in Oxford. On tour she hit an unbeaten 50, then came back to bowl a triple-wicket maiden in the last over with the opposition requiring two to win. These really are tomorrow’s heroes today.”
The guide will also be made available digitally on thecricketer.com from Friday, December 9th and will also be available at newsstands across the country.
The Cricketer researches and produces the Schools Guide annually, with the 2023 edition being supported by Durant Cricket – one of the country’s leading suppliers of cricket ground equipment.
Cristian Durant, managing director of Durant Cricket, commented: “We have supported The Cricketer’s sterling coverage of school’s cricket, which showcases the fantastic job coaches and staff are doing for grassroots cricket, for many years. Long may it continue. Enjoy the winter, and best of luck for the 2023 season.”
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