Year 7 pupils are introduced to cricket during the second half of the Lent half term, with an intensive series of indoor nets in games periods and with some training on Saturday mornings. This then leads into the outdoor season in the Summer Term with cricket taking place in games lessons, afterschool practice and regular fixtures against a range of opposition.
The U12A team will play 9 weekend fixtures during the summer term against mainly independent schools from around the North-West, play some midweek fixtures against more local schools and compete annually in the Lancashire School’s Knock-out Cup. The U12B team will play a selection of midweek matches against local school opposition and are also entered in the Lancaster Schools Local Cup Competition, where they compete against A teams from local schools.
This pattern of matches is repeated across the Under 13, 14 and 15 age groups. The A teams regularly reach the Lancashire Cup Finals. Our most recent success being the u15s who were the Lancashire Cup Champions in 2023 and eventually finished as Runners Up in the North section of the National T20 Cup in the same season.
At Senior level we run three teams who enjoy a full weekend fixture schedule playing the strongest opponents across the North of England, such as, Sedbergh, Manchester Grammar School, Bolton Grammar School and as well as playing prestigious annual fixtures against the OL's and MCC. Alongside this we run a Girl’s XI who play a mixture of hardball and softball fixtures and train regularly throughout the summer.
The 1st XI competes in the National School’s T20 Knockout whilst the 2nd XI competes in a more local F15 competition. The season ends with a week of intense competition, playing 50 over matches against five other Royal Grammar Schools from across the country in the annual RGS Festival. We have been very successful in this competition with our most recent successes being the Winners in 2022 at RGS High Wycombe and the Joint Winners in 2023 at RGS Colchester.
Cricket Tour the UAE in 2023
In February 2023, 38 pupils and 6 Staff embarked on a 10-day tour of the UAE. We toured with 3 teams – 1st XI, 2nd XI and U16 XI and in total played 17 matches against local opposition and English Schools. We also enjoyed training sessions at Sevens Cricket Ground and the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, both with exceptional international standard facilities. All three teams were exposed to a variety of formats of the game - 40 over cricket, T20’s and the Hundred and were fortunate enough to play on lots of different types of wickets in both daytime and day/night cricket under floodlights.
Off the field we were able to explore the local culture in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Activities included desert safari, cycle around the Yas Marina F1 track, exploring the Grand Mosque and develop a greater understanding of the many cultural differences. Many parents, brothers and sisters travelled to support the tour and their camaraderie helped make the tour a fantastic experience for both staff and pupils alike and one that the touring party will never forget.
Cricket Tour to Dubai and the UAE in 2020
The tour departed in February 2020 for what was a testing series of both one day and floodlit T20 matches played against the best cricketing schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi along with some stiff English opposition. The boys trained at the ICC headquarters and tested their T20 skills under the national stadiums floodlights.
In advance of the tour, the fundraising was extremely impressive thanks to the hard work and efforts of many of the touring parents. The boys raised £1156.92 with a coffee morning and cake sale and hosted a silent auction, tombola, raffle and the sale of some limited edition paintings all at the home of the tour skipper and Lancashire opening bat Tom Anderton. Earlier on in the year a non-uniform day raised a further £800, which allowed the boys to be kitted out in a specially designed Gray Nicolls bespoke T20 shirt designed by competition winner George Williamson, currently in the L6th. Many thanks to over 50 students who entered the competition to design the tour T20 playing shirt, and also to all the boys who supported the non-uniform day.
The tour was an opportunity of a lifetime and we made sure that the carbon footprint was offsetted with a generous donation towards one of the schools green projects. The first such donation of its kind for an LRGS trip overseas.