Cranleigh boasts a long cricketing tradition and the School has produced some excellent cricketers over the years. Many have gone on to play at university, county and national level – most recently Stuart Meaker. Girls’ cricket has also seen a rise at the school and recent leaver Chloe Allison was elected Captain of Cambridge University Women’s cricket for 2015.
Numerous pupils represent Academies and Regional sides as well as county and club teams. The School’s current cricket fixture list is strong, with 12 Cranleigh teams playing against the likes of Tonbridge, Charterhouse, St Paul’s and Wellington with matches midweek and on Saturdays, culminating with a two-day match against Charterhouse for the 1st X1. The 1st X1 enjoyed unbeaten seasons in 2006 and 2007 and Cranleigh has enjoyed successful tours every two years to various countries including Sri Lanka, Kenya, South Africa, India and Antigua.
The School is also committed to giving all pupils with an interest in cricket an opportunity to enjoy and improve their game. With three sides at U14 level, more than 40 boys had the chance to represent the School during 2015. Furthermore, our coaching structure mirrors the increasing interest in the game from girls – we currently have U18, U15 and U14 teams playing midweek fixtures, and we are actively seeking to increase this number.
Cricket is predominantly a Summer term sport, although one-to-one and group coaching sessions in the indoor schools are organised all year round. In 2011 the dedicated two-lane Indoor School was opened to increase the capacity for coaching at all times of year and in all weather.
All of the 20 outdoor nets, and five squares, have recently been upgraded to ECB recommendations, including a magnificent new six bay net area, with fully synthetic run ups, on the 1st XI pitch. 2009 saw the development of the much-loved cricket pavilion under a joint OC Society and Cranleigh School project
The School won the 2014 National Under 15 Cup (formerly known as the Lord Taverner’s Trophy). The side are the first team from Surrey ever to win this prestigious tournament, winning 11 games over two years from 1200 starting schools.
The School is proud of its close links with the Old Cranleighan Cricket Club, playing regular fixtures against them at 1st XI level, and thus offering Cranleighans an easy opportunity to continue playing the sport after they leave the School.
Stuart Meaker (Surrey CCC), made his England ODI debut in 2011 and was part of the Test squad in the 2012 tour to India. Seren Waters has played for Surrey 2nd X1 and was part of Kenya’s 2011 World Cup squad.
Cranleigh cricket’s strength in depth was underlined by 2012 leavers Mike Burgess and Brad Scriven appearing for Surrey and Essex 2nd XI respectively, and 2013 leaver, Will Rollings, who has turned out for Surrey 2nd XI. Jack Scriven, 2013 leaver, was selected to play for MCC Schools against England U16s at Lord’s where he scored 71 and won the Man-of-the-Match award.