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Haileybury has a rich cricketing heritage and the sport has been played at the school since before the 1860s. Our fabulous cricket facilities are located in delightful grounds with modern practice nets facing Terrace and a picturesque Pavilion pitch with period buildings.

Haileybury is regularly featured in The Cricketer’s Top 100 Schools Guide.

Cricket at Haileybury

Cricket is a passion that flows through staff and pupils at Haileybury. We boast 13 boys and 5 girls teams who all benefit from the stunning grounds and fabulous facilities. Recent 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.

Haileybury is regularly featured in The Cricketer’s Top 100 Schools Guide.

Coaching

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 for C & D teams and there are 2 staff attached to each side.

Facilities

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.

Tours

Our 1stXI 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 Sri Lanka where we will play at Test venues in Galle and Colombo and mix with locals for training sessions designed to accelerate our batting against spin.

Our annual UK based tours include the 1stXI Girls pre-season to Edbgaston for training and matches while the U14s head to Surrey Schools and to a tournament in Jersey in July.

Fixtures

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 1stXI 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.

Our 1stXI continue to play declaration cricket on Saturdays with other matches being 40/50 overs. Our midweek fixtures and Cup matches are often T20 affairs complete with coloured kit. We enter all age groups into local and National competitions.

Expert Coaching

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.

We are privileged to benefit from the immense experience of Geoff Howarth OBE. The former New Zealand Captain and opening batsman spends the summer term with our teams working with all age groups. So many of our staff have cricket in their blood ranging from first class experience to club scorer! Their passion for the game shines through in the summer where boys and girls all benefit from their wisdom and enthusiasm.

History

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.

Vision

The future for Haileybury Cricket is as exciting as its rich past. Plans are in place to build an indoor cricket centre and we are looking to host ICC Associate Tournaments and County Age Group festivals from 2019.

Our grounds continue to thrive with the support from Lord’s and as our numbers grow we are also looking to develop further squares and pitches to play.

We are developing closer links for coaching with our local feeder schools and are looking to become and develop a Girl’s Cricket Hub.

Featured Cricketer

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.

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