Top 100 Cricket Schools for 2018!

“This is a celebration of the best of school sport, the grounds, the facilities, the coaching, the fixture lists and general commitment to getting those blighters on the field to play a semblance of the game that has characterised us for more than three centuries,” says The Cricketer editor, Simon Hughes.

The publication, which is the world’s best-selling cricket magazine, will hit the newsstands on November 24th! In the meantime, below is an extract from our 2017 profile. Last year, Loretto School also received a ‘Special Award for Excellence” – an accolade bestowed of very few schools indeed.

Loretto School Cricket – a brief history;

Cricket was introduced in the 1860s by the pioneering Headmaster, Hely Hutchison Almond. The first official schools matches were played against Edinburgh Academy in 1863. In 1867 Richard Tomlinson, from Northamptonshire, became the school’s first cricket professional.

Cricketers of note;

Sam Hain (Warwickshire), George Munsey (Scotland and Northamptonshire), Simon Smith (Scotland). During his four years in the Loretto XI between 1908- 1911, GL Hunting amassed a higher total of runs than any pupil has done while at Loretto. In 1910 he scored 1,081 in 23 innings and was not out once.

Extras;

A rather bizarre match took place in 1884. Loretto scored 407 against Edinburgh Academy and allowed their opponents only one hour to make the runs (they finished 21 for 4). This was in the days when it was against the rules to declare an innings. Loretto’s Pipes and Drums are playing at Lord’s on July 8th 2017 for the Test against South Africa.

Finest moment on the field;

LR Paterson scored the first century for Loretto against Fettes in 1885 (122). CW Berry took 320 wickets at an average of just under 7.5 runs in the four seasons for the Loretto XI between 1879 – 1882.



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