The summer term brings the start of our cricket season and cricket, a very popular sport in the school.

Improved running skills, batting skills, hand-eye coordination, catching skills and pace – these are just some of the benefits that this very enjoyable game brings.

Although there is some standing around, to play cricket you need to be fit and strong. The game involves sprinting between wickets and running to stop balls, as well as bowling and throwing. Health benefits include endurance, and stamina and cricket is an important sport at all the public schools that our boys aspire to attend.

Our Year 4s are very excited to begin the cricket season and will be applying all they have learned to date in matches with other schools and against Eaton House The Manor.

Last year, Year 3 started the season promisingly, but the A team received a bit of a wake-up call, as, despite bowling exceptionally well, the batsmen conceded too many wickets and not enough boundaries were found. This was soon corrected with plenty of practice.

There has been great enthusiasm and improvement in PE and games sessions and the after school Cricket Club has been well attended. Not surprisingly, hand-eye coordination skills improved, and all teams played tactically well, remembering to call and creep.

During the summer term, the boys' focus turned to participating in numerous styles such as pairs cricket. Much more thought and care was applied in ensuring bowlers applied themselves to length and line and the number of wides and no balls fell significantly in Year 3 after half term.