Cricket is a main sport in the Summer term at Epsom with the College running 11 boys’ teams and four girls’ teams. Sides compete on a strong schools’ circuit including matches against Brighton, Eastbourne, Hurstpierpoint, St Paul’s and the MCC.
The 20 College cricket coaches are supported by a full-time Director of Cricket and ex-professional, Damian Shirazi. The staff are also able to call on the expertise of Matt Holmes, Director of the In-Touch Cricket Academy, which is based at the College.
There are designated coaching afternoons during the summer on the College campus, using 16 nets and five pitches. During the winter months, nets are also available, as well as both one-to-one and group coaching.
Pupils have the opportunity both to enjoy and improve their game whilst representing the school and their Houses. Players have represented SCB Emerging Players, SCB U17s and SCB U15s.
An increasing interest in girls’ cricket mirrors the growing numbers involved in the game nationally.
College teams have recently toured Dubai and Barbados and plans are in place for future tours. The College sides also have strong links with the Old Epsomians, with a match played every year on Founder’s Day.
Epsom also has strong cricketing links with the local community, with District matches and the annual Surrey Cricket Board ASDA Kwik Cricket competition for primary schools played on the College grounds.
Nat Sciver (Raven 2006-11) has helped England win, and retain, the Ashes, and emerge victorious in 2017’s ICC Women’s World Cup.
In recognition, Nat was named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year for 2017. Alice Davidson-Richards (W 2007-12), one year Nat’s junior, isn’t far behind her fellow Epsomian. She has won four County Championship titles with Kent, and was called up the England squad for their tour of India in 2018.