Cricket at LRGS
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 also on Saturday mornings. The U12A team will play 11 fixtures during the summer term against mainly independent schools from around the North West and compete annually in the Lancashire knock-out cup. The U12Bs usually play eight competitive matches in a season 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, U14 and U15 age groups. The A teams regularly reach the Lancashire Cup Finals.
We run three senior teams, with and enjoy full weekend fixtures playing the strongest opponents across the North of England, such as, Sedbergh, Manchester Grammar School, Bolton Grammar School and the OL's and MCC. The fixture list has expanded, with new games outside the North West Region against RGS Newcastle and Woodhouse Grove. The season ends with a week of intense competition playing five other Royal Grammar Schools in the annual RGS Festival.
Cricket Tour to Dubai and the UAE in 2020
As we approach the start of 2020, the 1st XI cricketers are working hard on and off the pitch with their UAE cricket tour preparations. The tour departs in February 2020 for what looks like 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 will get to train at the ICC headquarters and will test their T20 skills under the national stadiums floodlights. The boys have been training hard on a Wednesday evening after school this past half term and this will continue right up until the boys board the plane on February 12th.
Off the pitch the fundraising has gone extremely well thanks to the hard work and efforts of many of the touring parents. Last weekend 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 has 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 promises to be a trip of a lifetime and to make sure that we leave our mark in the right way, the tour will be carbon footprint offsetted with a generous donation being made by the touring party towards one of the schools green projects. The first such donation of its kind for an LRGS trip overseas.