The 2017 cricket season begins with 1st and 2nd XI fixtures on Tuesday 18th April against Myerscough College, Old Trafford, and the recent spell of dry weather has enabled good progress to be made in terms of ground preparation.

Having lost only two of last year’s side that reached the National T20 semi-final and won the BOWS Festival, the 1st XI are looking forward to another successful season and have plenty of tough fixtures to test them along the way.

The side will be led by Harry Brook who has had a busy winter having represented the Young Lions in Dubai and England U19 in India and, having broken Jordan Clark’s record for the highest individual score for the school with 198 against Durham last season, this year he will have one eye on the record for total runs scored in a season which Clark set in 2008.

We will be also expecting big contributions from returning brown blazers Chris Sanders, Max Silvester and James Park-Johnson while other senior players Greg Cameron, Kyme Tahirkheli and Marcus Stables will also expect to feature prominently.

As ever the season will be busy and the 1st XI, U17s and U15s will all have National cups to challenge them. The 1st XI fixture card sees them take on the best schools in the North and Midlands as well as the academy sides from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Durham before finishing the season with games against three Australian touring sides and the annual BOWS Festival which this year takes place in Brighton. Let’s hope the sun shines!

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