The cricket club aims to honour the school’s cricketing tradition whilst evolving to offer boys the best foundations possible in an increasingly busy timetable.
A recent OR dinner at Lord’s highlighted the traditional strength as former England captains Ted Dexter and Andrew Strauss shared the stage for a Q&A session with Nick Gubbins who was about to jet off to Australia with the England Lions. As well as producing professional players, the club is just as committed to providing a proper cricketing education for boys who play in any of the 19 teams on a Saturday. Last summer 230 boys represented the school in official fixtures and we are proud to instil a love for the game and the values it promotes.
The cricket programme runs through all three terms. The winter is used for technical development in preparation for the summer season. The school’s cricket professional, Andy Wagner, was named Sky Sports’ coach of the year in 2012 and has been instrumental in the development of some of our finest players. During the off-season, he offers one to one coaching to the top cricketers in the school alongside two weekly net sessions, which are open to all. We have two dedicated cricket professionals on hand during those net sessions. A bowling machine and a newly-purchased 'Merlyn' allow boys of all abilities to develop skills for the summer.
However, the jewel in the crown of the club’s winter programme is the Academy, which meets on Sunday mornings and has enjoyed a glittering list of visiting coaches. Coaches with experience of the very top of the game and a range of specialisms come and share their wisdom. Recent visitors include OR and former England One Day International Jamie Dalrymple and Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss among others. These sessions allow the leading players from all year groups to exchange ideas and receive tips from cricketers who have played at the very highest level.
In the summer, the club has 19 teams across the year groups and a very strong fixture list. The 1st XI play in two cup competitions against some of the country’s leading cricket schools. The 1st XI won the John Harvey Cup and finished joint top of the Cowdrey Cup in 2017. However, whilst success on the pitch is important, the onus is on enjoyment of the game and a healthy respect for the values of cricket. Boys are encouraged to play the game in a competitive fashion without losing sight of the spirit of the sport.
- Tuesday and Thursday nets sessions from October-April. 4 coaches available during these sessions to ensure a good blend of 1/1 coaching and ‘live’ netting.
- Sunday academy programme.
- Weekly 1/1 sessions with Andy Wagner.
- October testing by S&C staff leading to a personalised programme and half termly assessment to ensure progress in injury prevention and physical development.
- Preseason tour in Europe or the UK.
- Long haul tour on a 3 year cycle with other major sports. Recently we have competed in the ARCH trophy in Dubai and UAE.
- U14 12 matches, 2x T20 tournaments.
- U15 12 matches.
- U16 10 matches.
- Seniors 16 matches, national T20 competition, John Harvey cup and Cowdrey Cup.
- Andy Wagner 30 years in schools cricket and track record of moving players into the professional game.
- A head of junior cricket responsible for lower school programme.
- Integrated S&C provision.
- Good relationships with county youth setups to ensure that school and representative cricket coexist.
- Boys are expected to train in white trousers and a white cricket shirt. These do not have to be Radley branded but should be proper cricket attire, rather than t-shirts. Please ensure that cricketers have 2/3 sets of whites for training and matches.
- For school fixtures it is expected that boys wear a Radley cricket shirt, jumper and head wear. All are available from Shop.