School named one of UK’s best for cricket

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - By SI­MON CARTER SHELDAN KEAY

KING’S has been named as one of the UK’s best schools for cricket by a na­tional sports ti­tle, for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

The Crick­eter is the world’s best-sell­ing cricket magazine and has pub­lished a new Good Schools Guide in which the magazine names its top 100 se­condary, and 50 lead­ing prep and ju­nior schools.

Dur­ing what The Crick­eter called ‘a long and ex­haus­tive se­lec­tion process’, it con­sid­ered the mer­its of more than 350 aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions. Each en­try was judged against ex­ten­sive se­lec- tion cri­te­ria in­clud­ing qual­ity of fa­cil­i­ties, com­mit­ment to cricket in the cur­ricu­lum and breadth of fix­ture pro­grammes.

The Crick­eter magazine edi­tor Si­mon Hughes said: “This is both an in­for­ma­tive guide and a trib­ute to all those teach­ers and coaches out there who are nur­tur­ing the ta­lents of

SOL Camp­bell picked up his first home win as Mac­cles­field Town man­ager as his side came out on top against Craw­ley Town at the Moss Rose.

Goals from El­liott Dur­rell and Harry Smith earned the Silk­men the vic­tory, mean­ing that while they re­main bot­tom of the League Two ta­ble, they are now just four points from safety.

Camp­bell was de­lighted to pick up the win, and hopes his team can now kick on and con­tinue to im­prove over the com­ing weeks.

“We had a good at­ti­tude. The weather wasn’t the best so we had to re­ally make sure we made the right passes and knock downs and kept the ball mov­ing, with not too much in the air,” he said.

“We had to watch our­selves be­cause you never know on these windy wet af­ter­noons. The lads put in a great shift and they’ve started to re­spond how I wanted to play.

“It was a good per­for­mance, but there were a few mo­ments where I said to my­self ‘we just got away with that.’ Over­all we re­ally con­trolled the game, but we need to play a bit more in cer­tain sce­nar­ios. That will come with con­fi­dence.

“For me per­son­ally I wished we played more against the wind. Es­pe­cially when we had the mo­ments to get our head up and play the right ball, be­cause once you kick the ball in the air it’s any­body’s game.

“We got the goal and it was a fan­tas­tic strike. He took it early and it was a great vol­ley. That’s what we needed, it’s it good to have guys who can go for it and seize the op­por­tu­nity.

“The team’s con­fi­dence fu­ture club, county and in­ter­na­tional crick­eters. The com­pe­ti­tion to be in­cluded was fierce and con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the schools in­cluded.”

The Good Schools Guide states: “King’s re­cently cel­e­brated 150 years of play­ing cricket and un­earthed a photo of the team in 1865.” The both prov­ing to be lively through­out the open­ing half hour.

The Craw­ley de­fence were find­ing it tough to cope with the pres­sure they were be­ing put un­der, and the Silk­men made the break­through when they took the lead on 31 min­utes. Dur­rell was the man to get the goal, smash­ing the ball home from 25 yards out to make it 1-0.

Camp­bell’s side al­most added a quick-fire sec­ond when Danny Whi­taker tried his luck from the edge of the box, but his shot was de­flected be­hind.

Macc still needed to be alert at the other end, as Craw­ley went close to find­ing an equaliser when Luke Gam­bin headed wide after get­ting on the end of a cross from Reece Grego-Cox. It re­mained school has teams at First and Sec­ond team level, as well as teams from U10 through to U15.

Ear­lier this year, King’s pupils en­joyed a cricket tour to Dubai and the school has pre­vi­ously toured Kenya, South Africa, Bar­ba­dos, Sri Lanka and Gre­nada.

King’s head of cricket, 1-0 at the break, but there was then a de­lay be­fore the sec­ond half could get un­der­way due to a flood­light fail­ure.

Even­tu­ally they came back on, and the match was able to re­sume after an ex­tended in­ter­val. Steve Moores, said: “We are de­lighted to be cho­sen by The Crick­eter Magazine as a top 100 school for cricket for 2019.

“This award is a tes­ti­mony to the hard work and com­mit­ment by a num­ber of par­ties, and I would like to thank pupils, par­ents, coaches and ground staff.”

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