We were delighted to discover that Emanuel School’s recent cricket match against King’s College School Wimbledon was highlighted in The Cricketer magazine in their ‘schools match of the month’ feature.
Professional cricketers have trouble switching between formats, and youngsters are no different.
The trend in schools’ cricket seems to be for T20 matches in midweek, with longer contests at weekends. So clear the front leg and smash it over midwicket one afternoon, then play with a straight bat a few days later.
King’s College School, Wimbledon had the power game in this capital clash, perfect for T20, but hosts Emanuel showed enough to suggest they could prosper in the longer-format fixtures they have lined up this summer. Emanuel in Battersea, south-west London, have a wonderful field for cricket, big enough for two matches side by side on a Saturday.
It is a splendid setting. A line of blossoming horse chestnut trees, and the Victorian gothic tower of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts peering over the top, is at one end, and the neat, symmetrical white pavilion (which doubles up as the refectory) is at the other.
It is a plushgrassed green oasis, with only busy railway lines on two flanks disturbing the serenity. Surrey’s all-conquering captain Stuart Surridge learnt his cricket at the school so there is clear pedigree there.
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