“Touring is an important element of the game, giving young cricketers an opportunity to play in different conditions as well as enabling them to extend the hand of friendship.”
Cricket at King's Hall
The game of cricket flourishes at King's Hall, where we are fortunate to have some impressive facilities situated in a beautiful environment. The school's approach to the game is heavily influenced by the MCC's Spirit of Cricket. This teaches the players the importance of respect: respect for our opponents, respect for our own captain and teammates, respect for the umpires and respect for the game's traditional values. On a typical afternoon of matches it is not unusual for us to field ten different teams, ranging from the Under 9s all the way up to our 1st XI which is predominantly an Under 13 side.
The Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 teams have all been successful in their respective county competitions in recent years and in addition we have a fine record at all levels against schools in our region. During the last fifteen years, something in the region of twenty of our cricketers have been selected to play for Somerset's junior age group teams and we presently have one boy on the county's Emerging Player Programme. In addition to the boys' provision in cricket, the sport is rising in popularity among the girls. From Years 5-8, girls can opt to play cricket rather than the traditional rounders.
Specialist Cricket Clinics
Throughout the year, King's Schools run a series of specialised Cricket Clinics, which are run by expert coaches Rob Woodman and Alex Barrow. For further details on these, please click the below link or email: RJWoodman@kings-taunton.co.uk.
Touring is an important element of the game, giving young cricketers an opportunity to play in different conditions as well as enabling them to extend the hand of friendship. The 1st XI from King's Hall has previously visited Holland, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and further overseas tours are planned for the future.
Cricket at King's College
Many pupils make the seamless transition from King's Hall to King's College. King's College has a fine cricketing tradition and it is renowned nationally as a Cricketing Centre of Excellence. We are fortunate that the coaching staff from the College help to play an active role in the development of our cricketers too. More recently, former pupil and England cricketer Jos Butler opened the school's Sports Performance and Cricket Centre (SPCC).