A wide range of opportunities for all levels and all ages
Cricket is the major summer game at Millfield Prep. In recent years, more and more games for younger pupils have been arranged, with U8s playing matches since 2002. The school currently has a total of 14 sides in six age-groups, also playing ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ matches at U13, U12 and U11 levels. In 2013, the fixture card showed a programme of around 130 matches arranged, together with participation in five cup competitions, a Twenty20 Tournament and House matches at every age-group. The 1st XI, U12s and a newly-formed Junior Development Squad have regular fixtures against county age-group teams such as Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as those from South Wales. It is possible to play up to seven home games on a Wednesday or Saturday on the beautifully prepared pitches and grounds.
A proud history of great successes
Following the success of the Girls’ team in winning the National Indoor title at Lord’s in 2012, Girls’ cricket has become more and more popular and, indeed, is now a compulsory curriculum sport for all girls, with regular match play opportunities.
Over the years, many Millfield Prep cricketers have represented county sides (mainly Somerset) at U13, U12, U11 and U10. Some have gone on to represent their region and their country.
An extensive and well-structured winter programme of training and coaching has been arranged by Level 3 Coach David Beal, Millfield Prep’s Director of Cricket Coaching. David has been at the Prep School since 1999, is a former Somerset professional and is the county’s longest-serving youth coach. He is supported by Chris Twort, Head of Cricket, who brings over 20 years experience to the role. Pupils are also given the opportunity to participate in ‘club’ sessions during the winter months while individual coaching lessons can also be made available. Two bowling machines are much used to assist coaching and player development.