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School Sport: Brentwood in UK's cricket top 100

PUBLISHED: 14:26 24 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 24 November 2018

Geraint Jones with prep pupils at Brentwood School

Geraint Jones with prep pupils at Brentwood School

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Brentwood School has been named one of the UK's top 100 cricketing schools by magazine 'The Cricketer'.

Brentwood’s inclusion in the prestigious Good Schools Guide 2019 came at the end of a long and exhaustive selection process which saw more than 350 academic institutions whittled down to just the best 100.

The prestigious list includes schools across the country, from Shrewsbury to Sevenoaks, and from Macclesfield to Millfield.

Each entry was judged against extensive selection criteria, including the quality of facilities, commitment to cricket in the curriculum, and the breadth of fixture programmes.

Brentwood has strong links with Essex CCC and the school’s list of illustrious cricket professionals includes former Essex batsman, Brian Hardie, Ashes hero Geraint Jones, and the current incumbent, former Essex batsman Jaik Mickleburgh, who is still scoring heavily for Suffolk.

The school enjoys a very long cricketing tradition and headmaster Ian Davies was delighted to see Brentwood’s inclusion in the list once again.

He said: “As well as an active touring programme, our young cricketers recently toured Sri Lanka, we also support the most gifted and talented athletes through our Elite Player Pathway.

“The scheme is designed to further prepare them for a possible progression to elite sport, following in the footsteps of many of our former pupils.”

The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said the competition to be included in the guide was fierce.

He added: “This is a superb publication that serves both as an informative guide and as a tribute to all those teachers and coaches out there who are nurturing the talents of future club, county and international cricketers.”

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