Cricket has been played at Sutton Valence since 1800. We regularly field ten sides and all year groups play as part of their weekly games programme and are then actively encouraged to take part in school fixtures.
At present, the School 1st XI play approximately 20 games during the season as well as entering the National 20/20 Competition. Our fixture list includes games against schools such as The King’s School, Canterbury, Whitgift School and Sevenoaks. We also regularly host overseas touring sides, as well as playing against the MCC, The Forty Club and the Band of Brothers.
Upper, our main Cricket ground, has arguably one of the best wickets in Kent and is the home of the 1st XI. The adjoining Warmlake ground is regularly used by the 2nd XI, if they are also at home, or for younger teams. With these and two Astros wickets at the Prep School, we are able to host up to seven home matches.
During the winter months, the boys often attend practice at lunch times. Evening sessions are also regularly run by Kent County age grade coaches giving our players a multitude of opportunities to improve week on week; developing a keen sense of hand-eye co-ordination, in addition to focus and determination. The Sixth Form also have the opportunity for one-to-one coaching in the mornings, provided that the boys are keeping up to date with their studying.
Critical to the long-term athletic development is the exposure to the core skills that develop hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. Through their training, pupils are encouraged to learn new skills in a fun, enjoyable environment. Through cricket, student will develop balance and dexterity, as well as cooperation and teamwork.
Boys from all age groups are regularly put forward to attend the Kent County trials and over recent years many have progressed to represent Kent County Cricket squads.
In recent years Girls Cricket has been introduced into the Games programme at Sutton Valence and we now play competitive fixtures against other leading independent schools.
Our cricket structure is therefore moving in line with the growing popularity and success of Womens Cricket.
Under the watchful eye of our Head of Cricket Mr Wells and through the coaching expertise of Miss Hallett and Miss McConnachie the girls are supported in learning about key aspects of Cricket through one-to-one guidance and small-sided conditioned games.
We will steadily build on our Girls Cricket provision to ensure all girls have the opportunity to play this growing sport.
Head of Cricket
Cricket is led by Mr Vince Wells, who started his career with Kent and then moved on to Leicestershire where he played a key role in Leicestershire’s Championship triumphs of 1996 and 1998, opening the batting and bowling first change. Mr Wells then finished his career at Durham in 2003. He finished with a batting average higher than his bowling (the mark of any genuine all-rounder) and his 302 first-class wickets at just 26.22, gave him a better domestic record than many English Test bowlers. Mr Wells played nine Limited Overs Internationals for England in 1999 and was a member of the England World Cup Squad that year.
Mr Wells is a Level 3 Cricket Coach and develops a strong relationship with staff and pupils and is highly adept at encouraging talent and confidence within our cricketers.