King's College enjoying on-field success

Cricket at King’s College, Taunton continues to go from strength-to-strength with more girls and boys playing than ever before.

The addition of the Sports Performance and Cricket Centre (SPCC), and an investment in more cricket coaching to enhance an already excellent programme, is continuing to pay dividends, not just for the school but also for the strong relationship between King’s and Somerset CCC.

This is no more evident than with the achievements of one of King’s recent prodigies Tom Banton, who has not only had a stellar season for Somerset, helping them to their first trophy win in 14 years, but he has now gone on to make his IT20 England debut in New Zealand. Furthermore, he has received lucrative deals across the globe in the Australian Big Bash League and the ECB Hundred.

Tom was a product of the King’s Cricket Programme as well as being part of the Academy at Somerset CCC. This partnership continues to help young cricketers achieve their ambitions.

Currently six of the nine young cricketers on the Somerset Academy are from King’s, which is an exceptional accomplishment.

The current crop of King’s players who are now part of the Academy are: Will Smeed, Henry Smeed, James Rew, Charlie Sharland, George Thomas and Josh Thomas, the latter gaining his place at the age of 14 years old.

King’s Director of Sport, Phil Lewis said: “It has been another fine year from a cricket point of view and it has been fantastic to see how our Player Development Programme continues to support our cricketers to achieve the next steps towards their ambitions in the game. I am so glad to see how well this continues to work.

“We have obviously benefited from the fantastic new cricket facility we have, but I must give credit to both Rob Woodman (Head of Cricket) and Alex Barrow (cricket professional) who continue to drive the programme forward. We have sessions happening across both King’s College and King’s Hall throughout the year and it is fantastic to see so many pupils and parents continually asking for more sessions.”

He added: “There continues to be a real buzz around cricket at both our schools and we are hugely proud of all the pupils who are developing their games here, regardless of what standard they play at. What is also great to see is that four of these six pupils came through from our prep school, King’s Hall. We wish them all the best on this programme and look forward to seeing what they can achieve over the coming years.”

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