Haileybury has a rich cricketing heritage and the sport has been played at the school since the 1800s.
Our fabulous cricket facilities are located in delightful grounds with modern practice nets facing Terrace and a picturesque Pavilion pitch with period building. Haileybury is regularly featured in The Cricketer’s Top 100 Schools Guide.
We boast 21 boys and 12 girls teams who all benefit from the stunning grounds and fabulous facilities.
OH Sam Billings is in the England ODI and T20 team and captain at Kent CCC. Several current pupils are on County Emerging Player Programmes at Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire looking to follow in Sam’s footsteps.
Cricket is a 12 month a year programme at Haileybury for performance cricketers on our prestigious HPP. Players take part in a Winter Programme which includes Group and 1:1 sessions covering technical, tactical, mental and lifestyle coaching. 1:1 sessions with our full time Strength & Conditioning Coach also play a key part in each player’s development. Guest coaches deliver specialist sessions and masterclasses in addition to the skills training and age group sessions already on offer. The Indoor House Cricket Competition provides out of season matches.
Cricket is not all about high performance and open sessions offer opportunities for everyone. We are proud to have fixtures down to E & F teams and there are 2 staff attached to each side.
From the modern practice nets facing Terrace to the picturesque Pavilion pitch and period buildings, Haileybury possesses fabulous cricket facilities in delightful grounds. In addition to our 5 squares there are indoor facilities with a Merlin, 3 bowling machines and Pitchvision Technology in the Indoor nets.
Our close links with the MCC continue with our cricket groundsmen working with the staff at Lord’s to produce outstanding pitches and outfields, as well as recently retired MCC Head Groundsman Mick Hunt regularly advising our own team.
Our 1st XI embark on a major tour every 2 years. In 2017, the lure of the IPL took our boys to India where the experience was overwhelming in cricket and culture in Jaipur, Agra (Taj Mahal), Delhi and Mumbai. 2020 sees us head to the UAE to prepare for the home season with both Senior and U15 sides.
Our annual UK based tours include the 1st XI Girls pre-season to Edgbaston for training and matches while the U14s enjoy a festival as well as a tournament in Jersey in July.
Our fixture against Uppingham began in 1868 and still continues to the present day. We also play Cheltenham in an annual 2-day fixture and our school fixture list also includes Stowe, Berkhamsted and Felsted. The highlight of our Speech day is both 1st XI boys and girls who play the MCC. Sunday fixtures are enjoyed against OHs, XL Club, Privateers and Hermits. We often welcome touring sides from overseas and recently hosted schools from South Africa and Haileybury Melbourne for a T20 Razzmatazz Tournament.
Haileybury’s Director of Cricket is Rupes Kitzinger. Rupes is a Level 4 Coach and enjoyed a 13-year playing career with Dorset CCC and has captained the MCC most notably on tour to Hong Kong & China in 2017 and at Lord’s against HKCC in 2019. His coaching career began at Surrey CCC as a youth coach and has progressed to the England Womens Development Programme. Along the way he was Head Coach of Sussex Women CCC when they won the County Championship in 2010.
Matt Plater is one of our Sports Fellows and is a recent graduate from Durham University where he played first class cricket. Matt opens the batting for Norfolk and has spent a summer with Northamptonshire CCC. He is very popular with the pupils and we are delighted that Matt is starting his coaching career at Haileybury.
Haileybury has a rich cricketing heritage and has been played since before the 1860s. 1866 saw the first inter-school fixture with Wellington. Over 70 OHs have played first class cricket with another 50+ who have played Minor Counties. 12 Haileyburians have gained Blues. The 2-day fixture with Cheltenham used to be played at Lord’s and there is evidence of historical cricketing honours in the Pavilion Long Room and in Quad outside the Library.
Haileybury is proud of pupils who move on to forge successful careers in cricket, the most recent of which is Sam Billings. Sam spent 4 years in the 1st XI at Haileybury, before going on to captain Loughborough University. He is currently the captain of Kent CCC. He had a real breakthrough season 2014, securing a regular first team berth at Kent at the expense of Ashes hero Geraint Jones, even scoring 136 off 65 balls in the quarter final of the Royal London Cup.
Named Kent County Cricket player of the year at the end of 2014 season, Sam has played for the England Lions as well as touring as a development batsman for an England tour of Sri Lanka. In summer 2015 he starred in the England One Day International team, and has continued his progress with England in white ball cricket to date.
Sam’s versatility and 360 scoring has seen him play Twenty20 franchise cricket all round the world including in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils and in the Big Bash for the Sydney Sixers but his cricketing roots remain at Haileybury.