Cricket at Merchant Taylors’ is exceptionally strong, known not only for our outstanding achievements but also for our ability to cater for pupils of all abilities. We currently run 17 competitive teams throughout the school.
MTS pupils enjoy top class cricket facilities. We are blessed with having 12 grass cricket squares, indoor and outdoor (all weather) nets, grass nets, and 3 bowling machines. Middlesex CCC train regularly at the school, and the 1st XI played a T20 and first class 4-day game on our 1st XI pitch in 2014. We were also incredibly lucky to have the Australian cricket team train at the school in preparation for their Ashes tours of 2013 and 2015.
Our cricketers undertake a varied programme that includes net sessions, fielding sessions and match scenarios. A winter training programme is also offered for elite players, with an emphasis on technique and strength & conditioning work.
The School competes in a number of tournaments for different age groups, including the U14 County Cup, the National Schools T20 Competition and both the Lord’s Taverners and T20 U15 Competitions. In 2015, our U15s were Regional Champions and National finalists.
In recent years there have been cricket tours to Sri Lanka, South Africa, Grenada and Barbados.
Link with Middlesex CCC
We have forged a strong link with Middlesex County Cricket Club who are currently playing and training at MTS every summer. Middlesex have recently agreed a five year deal to make MTS 'The Home of Middlesex Youth Cricket', making MTS the school of choice in the area.
We have recently introduced performance cricket sessions for boys who are identified as especially talented cricketers. Boys are trained both in core skill work and personalised fitness sessions six times a week. The sessions are led by Head of Cricket Tom Webley (former Somerset CCC) throughout the term. Boys also have the chance to gain qualifications in cricket coaching, umpiring and leadership as well as receiving 1:1 coaching.
MTS County & National representatives
We currently have twenty nine pupils who are representing their County. We are also incredibly proud to have two Regional, and one England cricketer at the school. Our elite cricketers have made outstanding recent progress.
Cricket Master Classes
We have regular visits from some of the stars of the game who come and run master classes with our pupils. These sessions really enthuse our boys to learn and develop their skills further, and provide them with a fascinating insight to International cricket. Some of the stars we’ve had recently include Gordon Greenidge, Shahid Afridi, Darren Lehmann, Glenn Maxwell, and Corey Colleymore.
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