Last week our very own LVI pupil, Tom, experienced playing at the home of cricket for the first time
Cricket is one of our three major sports. Each Summer Term, the cricket programme has a full fixture card for all of its teams.
We start with Kwik cricket in J4-5, and have other teams all the way up to 1st XI standard. The winter programme underpins the continued success and popularity of cricket in the School. These sessions start after the October half-term break. In the Autumn Term, there is a specialist skills programme in place. These sessions are led by Mr McCann (Head of Cricket/ Director of Sport) and Mr Gilmour, who are both ECB Level 3 qualified coaches. The 1st XI and U15 XI regularly have both international and local tours. The 1st XI completed a very successful tour to Sri Lanka at Easter 2017.
The 1st XI competes in, and has had great success in the Scottish Schools Competitions. There are two further Senior XIs, and two teams in each year group up to the U15 XI, making twelve teams in all. The 1st XI were runners up in this year’s U18 T20 Scottish Schools Cup, whilst the U15 XI have won the T20 Scottish Schools Cup for the last two years (2016 and 2017).
Boys of all age groups are often selected for regional and national teams. We currently have pupils in the U17 and U19 Scotland Squads. Recent Merchistonians, including Tom Sole, are also doing very well in the world of professional cricket. Chris Sole has been a regular in the Scotland squad over the past 6 months, earning himself 5 full ODI starts. Chris is also currently on a summer contract with Hampshire, whilst Tom earned his first start for the Northamptonshire Steelbacks against a very strong South African side this summer. Oliver Hairs also represented the full national Scotland team whilst still at school – a remarkable achievement. Current LVI pupil, Tom has represented Durham 2XI, Scotland A, MCC Schools and can look forward to a U19 World Cup in January 2020.