From the practice nets facing Terrace to its delightful Pavilion pitch and period buildings, Haileybury has some fabulous cricket facilities set in delightful grounds. For pupils in these surroundings, playing cricket does not get any better than this. It is the ultimate English experience.
Cricket has been played on the fields of Haileybury since before the 1860s. The first proper inter-school match was in 1866 against Wellington; fixtures against Uppingham began in 1868 and continue to the present day.
Twelve Haileyburians have gained Blues, more than 70 played first-class cricket in England and approximately 50 have played for minor counties. In recent years, cricket has grown to be a significant part of the sports calendar. Haileybury has a First, Second and Third Eleven as well as Junior Colts (under 15).
Our facilities are second to none. With modern practice nets situated opposite Terrace and with matches on Pavilion with its Victorian timber buildings, this is one of the finest places in the land to play this ancient game.
At Haileybury, our Sports Scholars are those with strong sporting and leadership abilities and a particularly impressive competitive ethic. Scholarships for talented cricketers are hotly contested; the best will also be invited to join our High Performance Sports Programme. The link at the bottom of this page gives more information about Sports Scholarships at Haileybury.
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 the Loughborough University cricket team.
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 this 2014 season, Sam was also selected for the England Lions tour of South Africa as well as development batsman for the England tour of Sri Lanka. In summer 2015 he starred in the England One Day International team, with several successful batting performances in world class encounters with the Kiwis.
He was also picked in the County Championship team of the year, voted for by journalists.
Haileybury's Director of Cricket is Daan Van Bunge. Daan has played for Holland at every junior international level, including two youth Cricket World Cups in 1996 (England) and 2000 (Sri Lanka). Daan made his full international debut in 2002 playing in the Champions Trophy (Sri Lanka), and three World Cups from 2003 to 2009 in South Africa, the West Indies and England (T20). He has also played 37 One Day Internationals and 14 T20 internationals.
Daan was an MCC Young Cricketer in 2003 and 2005 and played for Middlesex in 2004. He was also a member of the club champions in Holland in 2009 and 2012. His coaching career has seen him as Head Youth & Senior Coach at Excelsior’20 and he has also led touring Dutch sides to England and South Africa.
We are privileged too to benefit from the immense experience of Geoff P Howarth (OBE). The former NZ Captain and Test star spends the summer term with our teams, sharing his wealth of knowledge with the boys of all ages.
To learn more about our forthcoming cricket matches and recent results, to find out about Sports Scholarships at Haileybury, and to learn more about Hertfordshire CCC, please follow the links below: