Cricket is played by the boys from U8 – U13, and is their main game during the Summer Term. For the aspiring cricketer, the season starts well before this as The Wycliffe Cricket Academy runs throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms in order to prepare the pupils for 1st XI and Colts teams. This takes place every week in the Senior School sports hall where the pupils develop their game, focussing on the basics of batting, bowling and fielding.
When the season begins in earnest, we put out ten sides from U8 to 1st XI, with regular fixtures on a Wednesday and Saturday. For the U13 pupils, one of the highlights of the season is the Wycliffe Cricket 6s, which has developed over the last few years, with players wearing coloured clothing and playing with pink balls. In addition to this tournament, Wycliffe enters the U13 County Cup each year and were crowned champions in 2016.
The elite cricketers at Wycliffe are put forward to District and County trials, where we have had numerous players involved at District level and two boys selected for the County side.
Girls’ cricket has been developing over the past two years, starting as an option that the girls could choose during Activities time to entering the Clifton Coaching Day and having fixtures against other schools in Year 7 and 8.
Notable Wycliffians who have come through the Preparatory School include ex-Gloucestershire cricketers Alex and Will Gidman, who still have close connections with the school. Alex is involved with coaching our gifted and talented cricketers.
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