Cricket

Please see our Fixtures list below.

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Shrewsbury sets out to be one of the best cricket schools in the country. In the summer, our cricketers have the privilege of playing on the fields described by the cricket-writer Sir Neville Cardus as the 'The most beautiful playing fields in the world, spreading and imperceptibly mingling with the pasture land of Shropshire'.  And in the winter, cricket training was transformed by our truly world class indoor cricket centre when it opened in September 2006.  Coaching is provided by teaching staff, the full time cricket professional, visiting English coaches, and a visiting Australian coach who spends his winter based at Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury regularly fields twelve teams across all age groups and also has a flourishing House programme to enable boys of all abilities to play.  Every two years the U15s and 1st XI tour abroad and recent destinations have included Dubai and Perth (2010)Cape Town (2012), Sri Lanka and Barbados.  The U15 side have had considerable success in the Lord’s Taverners Colts Trophy in recent years. 

The culmination of the 1st XI season is the Silk Trophy, which it was our turn to host in 2012.  This highly-coveted trophy is competed for by Shrewsbury, Eton, Oundle and an overseas touring side at the end of each summer term. Shrewsbury are the current holders of the Silk Trophy, having won it at Eton in July 2013, and then again at Oundle in July 2014.

In 2013 Shrewsbury achieved the unique distinction of winning the HMC National Schools Under-18 Twenty20 trophy and being declared joint winners of the School Sport Magazine Under-17 Cup and the ECB/ESCA Under-15 Twenty20 Championship. This is a feat unprecedented in school cricket. 

Old Salopians who have played county cricket include N.E.J. Pocock (Hampshire), The Hon. T.M. Lamb (Middlesex & Northamptonshire), I.J.F. Hutchinson (Middlesex) and S.W.K. Ellis (Worcestershire).  Tim Lamb has also been Chief Executive of the ECB and Richard Bevan, former Chairman of the PCA, is also an Old Salopian.  The most prominent Old Salopian and current professional cricketer is James Taylor (R 2003-2008), who now plays for Nottinghamshire and is captain of the England Lions team.  James was a prolific batsman in his time at Shrewsbury and started receiving awards almost as soon as he entered the professional world; he was named as Wisden’s Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year for 2008. He made his England Test debut when he faced South Africa at Headingley in August 2012.

There is a good crop of promising players currently in the school who work on their game throughout the year in the Cricket Centre with Shrewsbury’s Cricket Professional – Paul Pridgeon (former Worcestershire seamer).  Ed Barnard (PH UVI) was selected for the England U19 Squad tour to South Africa in January 2013 and played for England in the U19s World Cup in Dubai in February 2014.

The Saracens - Old Salopian Cricket Club

The Old Salopian Cricket Club - The Saracens - has a long and noble history including days when Old Salopians informed their counties that they were not available for County fixtures because they were representing the Saracens in the Cricketer Cup.
 
Annual activities include those Cricketer Cup fixtures, the matches against the School on Speech Day,  the Cricket Week at Shrewsbury and the Devon Tour.

Please see the Saracens page for further details.


Any forthcoming cricket fixtures for the current term will be displayed below.

More detailed information about each of the fixtures can be found on our Sports Calendar. (Note: Viewing the Calendar either by Week or by Day gives you more information at a glance than the default monthly view.)

 If you are following a particular team or teams, you can also select their fixture list from the Cricket Fixtures and Results page, which includes team selections (where you see this blue image ) and location maps for away matches. It is possible to download a team's visture list onto your personal calendar on your PC or mobile device, which will then be synchronised with the master fixture list whenever your device is connected to the internet.