Ipswich School pupils selected for county cricket squads

The largest number of Ipswich School pupils to date will be joining the Suffolk and Essex county cricket squads for the next season. 

Forty pupils – 25 girls and 15 boys – were successful in this year’s county trials, and are now in training programmes for both the school and county ahead of next summer’s cricket season. In addition, two of the girls - Harriet Pettit and Esmae MacGregor, both in Year 9 - have been selected onto the Regional EPP Cricket Academy Programme.

Stuart Furmston, Ipswich School’s Head of Cricket, said: 'I am absolutely delighted that so many of our pupils have been successful in the rigorous county selection processes.  It is testament to their hard work and dedication in training and competitive games that they have been able to achieve this honour.”

He added: “Ipswich School has a great history of producing excellent cricketers and we take an enormous pride in the cricket programme on offer here for players of all abilities. Our focus on girls’ cricket has led the way over recent years, and this summer all girls took part in cricket as a ‘focus sport’. Our boys teams are regular winners of county titles at all age levels and our 1st XI team capped off the summer of 2017 by winning the 'End of Term Festival' at Brentwood School.”

The school has also increased the dedicated cricket coaching staff numbers for the next year, including appointing several new county coaches to the team. Martyn Cull, opening batsman for the Suffolk men’s team, has been appointed as the Ipswich School 1st XI Boys’ Coach for 2018. It is hoped that this focus on the sport will further increase the depth and quality of boys’ and girls’ cricket at Ipswich School, as well as providing more opportunities for all pupils to play and enjoy the game.

Mr Furmston added: “Playing for your county is a massive honour and we wish every one of our selected boys and girls well for their upcoming Suffolk and Essex winter training sessions and beyond.” « Back

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