|Cricket is the major sport in the Summer Term. Denstone field 11 sides at all levels and age groups and the College has a magnificent 1st XI pitch and pavilion that is the envy of many.
Cricket at Denstone continues to be very strong. The cricket club is open to boys and girls in all years at the College and is capable of running eleven teams on a Saturday, and plays all the leading cricketing schools in the area. The Denstone 1st XI cricket pitch is positioned in the centre of the school and right beside the Chapel has helped to maintain the popularity and success of the game at Denstone and it is the envy of visiting schools.
The two key aims are for boys to enjoy their cricket and be the best that they can be. To this end all teams have their own dedicated coach who works with the boys throughout the summer. All of the ‘A’ teams play against local county sides, performing well. The U14 team regularly wins the Schools’ Cup and thereby at U15 level competes in the Lord's Taverners trophy. The College reached the final of this most prestigious of national competitions and the semifinals of the national schools' t20 competition. Several boys have achieved County representation at their age group level (on average about four players in each age group) and many boys go on to play at a high standard of cricket after school. Denstone has produced numerous 1st Class cricketers: Aneesh Kapil (Surrey) Greg Cork and Harvey Hosein (both Derbyshire). Girls’ cricket has also begun to thrive and we will continue field teams at under 13 and under 15.
Central to the importance of cricket at Denstone has been the recruitment of Director of Cricket Performance Simon Guy, one of the most experienced Level 4 coaches in the country. He has work for England Under 17 and Under 19 following his 16 year career for Yorkshire and Suffolk. He coaches all year round, and uses indoor nets during the Michaelmas and Lent term or when the weather is poor. Pupils are also fortunate to receive one-to-one coaching from the more experienced members of the cricket staff, with regular access to the bowling machine. Denstone Cricket continues to flourish. If you would like to discuss the opportunities for cricket at the College please do not hesitate to contact Mr TAH Williams via email.