At Truro School, every pupil has the opportunity to engage in what remains one of the timeless classics of English sport: cricket.
Cricket is a major sport at the school and is played by boys and girls mainly during the summer term. There are a number of indoor competitions for boys and girls that take place during the autumn and spring terms.
During the summer term there is the opportunity to play during the games lessons throughout the week. Cricket training takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays after school with matches or training on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Throughout the short summer term the fields are awash with young players making the most of this great sport. At school we run teams from under 12 to 1st XI and girl’s teams at under 13 and under 15. All teams at junior level play in the county knock-out cup competitions at which we have had great success. There is a winter training programme that starts after the October half term and continues until the start of the summer term; allowing all age groups to make the most of the off-season and hit the ground running for the first game of the term.
With the opening of the multi-million pound ‘Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre’ in 2013, indoor cricket has flourished. In the double sports hall two games can take place simultaneously. During each Easter break since this facility has been opened Truro school has hosted indoor 6 a side cricket tournaments. With this taking place pre-season it is an ideal opportunity to guarantee some cricket before the summer term regardless of the weather.
We have a large pavilion, three well-maintained cricket grounds, all pitches are natural grass wickets that are used solely for cricket and protected during the off-season.
We have 11 indoor nets bays that are split between two sports centres. The coaching staff are equipped with three bowling/fielding machines which are used during the coaching programme and available throughout the summer term.
We have a team of coaches including one lady who between them have over 100 years of cricket coaching experience. There are two coaches that work with each of the junior teams.
Girl’s cricket is currently having a boom. Last year a very successful under 15 girls’ team played throughout the term and progressed to the National finals day in Oxford during September.
During the autumn and spring term both the under 13 and under 15 girls teams are involved in the national indoor competitions. Throughout the summer term there a number of girls hard ball fixtures and the squad are involved in their own County cup competition.
It is pleasing to see so many former pupils playing cricket at the higher levels of the game. Minor Counties, Counties and full internationals. Listed here are the 1st class county and international players.
Famous Alumni – Cricket Players
|Malcom Bell||Gloucestershire CCC During the 1990’s|
|Laura Harper||England ladies. 2001 – 2006|
|Charles Shrek||Nottinghamshire CCC 2003-2011, Leicestershire CCC 2014.
Charles has taken 474 wickets in his 1st class career so far.
|Michael Munday||England Under 19 2004, Somerset CCC 2006 – 2010|
|Jack Butler||Gloucestershire CCC 2013-2014|
|James Turpin||Gloucestershire CCC 2014|
Here at Truro School we strive to encourage participation and player development in the oldest and most traditional of all English games.
Mr A D Lawrence – Head of Cricket