Exciting New Era of Cricket Awaits Following a Year to Remember

2023 has been another action-packed year of cricket at Sedbergh, and we round the year off with the news that we have been named in the Top 100 Schools in The Cricketer Schools’ Guide.

On the field, we witnessed Sedberghian history being made, as Year 13 pupil Mahika became the first woman to represent the 1st XI. That was the first of many milestones for Mahika in 2023, which can certainly be defined as her breakout year. Making her England debut in the summer in both one day and T20 formats, the left-arm pace bowler picked up wickets and plenty of plaudits along the way, resulting in Mahika being named PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year.

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Former School captains Harriet Robson and Tom Aspinwall have both enjoyed time out on the field this year. Harriet, who has been a wonderful addition to our Sedbergh Courses cricket coaching staff, has recently been named on the Northern Diamonds Academy for the 2024 season. Aspinwall featured heavily in a homecoming fixture for him, as we welcomed Lancashire and Essex back in August for their one day cup game. After a destructive innings with the bat (scoring 22 off just 10 balls, including 3 sixes), Aspinwall then made an impressive contribution in the field, taking a brilliant catch out on the boundary.

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We start 2024 with a bang, as we welcome new Director of Cricket, James Anyon to Sedbergh. James joins us from Hurstpierpoint College, where he brings a wealth of experience from both on and off the field. The former Warwickshire and Sussex bowler had a playing career that spanned 12 years, before James moved into coaching and evolve his passion for player development.”I am very much looking forward to joining a school with such an outstanding reputation for its cricket.” Said James. In his role as Director of Cricket, James will also oversee the cricket programme at Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, ensuring a comprehensive and unified approach to cricket development. We’re delighted to see Sedbergh Prep School also recognised in The Cricketer Schools’ Guide, named in the Top 50 Prep & Junior Schools. The development of young cricketers at Sedbergh Prep is crucial to the success of cricket at Sedbergh School, with coaches regularly attending sessions across both schools, not only giving pupils the best opportunity to develop, but the coaches too.

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James Anyon

We look ahead to the warmer summer months when cricket fixtures return, and we also welcome the return of Lancashire and Durham, who face each other in their opening fixture of the one day cup at Sedbergh at the end of July. The week before, we host Thunder Cricket Vs Southern Vipers in their Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy clash.

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