Cricket at Bedford
The School followed a highly successful 2012 with an even more successful summer season in 2013; a season which saw the 1st XI play 18 games for 13 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses; undefeated seasons for the 2nd XI and 14C teams; quarter finals in the U17 & U19 national competitions; and finalists in the Lord’s Taverners U15 competition. Nearly 70% of wins across 90 matches played by the club this summer term. The T20 campaign was a highlight, with the boys playing an irresistible brand of energetic, brash and supremely positive cricket through wins over Stowe, Rugby, Oakham, Trent & Felsted, before finally succumbing to Shrewsbury in a ¼ final match they will always feel they should have won. The 1st XI campaign saw just one loss, but it took one of the most brilliantly audacious innings ever seen at this level to sink hopes of an undefeated season. Otherwise it was 7 magnificent wins and 2 draws in their 10 matches in this category. All up, 22 games for 16 wins, 3 draws & 3 losses. A truly memorable summer.
The Mike Green batting trophy was won for the second year running by Charlie Thurston, who scored 1008 runs at 45.8 in all matches. In the T20s his form and influence were incredible: 284 runs (38% of team total) at 94.7 with a S/R of 123.
The Richard Wise bowling cup was won by Will Wright who took an incredible 42 wickets at an average of 16.4
The Cricket XI Challenge Cup for The Best All Round Cricketer of the year, was won by Paddy McDuell with 25 wickets at 17.9 and 460 runs at 24.2 with 4 half-centuries.
Cricket has a long and established history at Bedford with records dating back to 1866.
In the last 30 years Bedford School has produced a host of first class and international standard players. Amongst these are:
|Ian Peck||Cambridge University (Captain), Combined Universities, Northamptonshire|
|Marc Snell||England U15 Captain|
|Adrian Shankar||Cambridge University (Captain), Lancashire|
|Will Smith||British Universities, Nottinghamshire, Durham (Current Captain)|
|Alastair Cook||Essex & England|
|Alastair has now played 102 Test matches and scored 8047 runs, including an England record 25 centuries, at 46.99. He was named England’s Test Captain in 2012.|
|Alex Wakely||England U19 (Captain), Northamptonshire CCC Vice-Captain and One-Day Captain 2013|
|Alex has now played 79 first class matches for Northamptonshire and scored over 3000 runs including 2 centuries. He was named Captain of the one day side in 2013, and Vice Captain of the 4 day side.|
|James Kettleborough||England U18, Middlesex, Northamptonshire CCC|
|James broke Alastair Cook’s run season scoring record in 2010.|
|Christian Davis||England U19, Northamptonshire|
|Christian has played three List A matches for Northamptonshire.|
|Vicram Sohal||Member of ECB elite player development squad|
The Summer Term has changed in recent years with more and more boys sitting more and more exams. However the fixture list remains strong both in terms of the quality of opponents and in the number of sides fielded. 13 Teams regularly represent the School. Each year there are matches against Australian & South African touring teams whilst traditions such as the two day games against Tonbridge and the Old Boys and old school fixtures against Dulwich and Harrow remain.
There is a keenly contested House competition each summer, as well as a catching competition that culminates in a heaving pavilion and the awarding of the Derek Randall Catcher’s Cup. In 2009 it was won by Ben Beazley, the 2nd XI wicket-keeper, and in 2010 by 4th former Charlie Thurston. In 2011 it was won by George Cox, in 2012 by Oliver Burgess, and in 2013 by Ajay Momi
The School has toured regularly in recent years competing in the Sir Garfield Sobers Tournament in 1998, where they reached the semi-finals and 2001. In December 2004 a squad of 28 boys visited Australia playing 15 fixtures and visiting the MCG for the Boxing Day Test Match. In 2008, 32 boys played schools and clubs on the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Antigua, and in the February half term 2010 a 1st XI squad played 5 matches in Cape Town by way of preparation for the 2010 summer term. In August 2011 18 boys toured Sri Lanka playing 7 games over 2 weeks, and a squad of 16 will travel to Dubai in April, as they did in 2013, to prepare for the 2014 season.
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