Cricket tour prepares Bedales Prep for season ahead
Cricketers at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst headed to Dorset at the start of the Summer term to take part in a cricket tour in preparation for the season ahead.
On the weekend of 22-24 April, Dunhurst’s U13 boys’ and girls’ cricket teams each played three matches, taking on West Hill Park, Sandroyd School and Dorset County Cricket Club.
The matches gave Dunhurst’s cricketers the opportunity to practise their bowling, batting and fielding skills in competitive matches, whilst learning valuable lessons about being on a tour with a sole focus on cricket and being part of a team.
Both Dunhurst teams showed great resilience throughout the tour, and there were some excellent achievements on the pitch. On the boys’ team, Block 2 (Year 8) pupils Jamie Bolton and Tommy Hornsby broke the school record for the first wicket partnership of 97 runs, and Tommy and Henry Bott both scored fifties in matches.
On the girls’ side, Brooke Edgar led her team superbly throughout the weekend, acting as a true ambassador for the school and batted particularly well alongside fellow Block 2 pupil Sorrel Boys. The standout player in the field was Block 1 (Year 7) pupil Marlowe Smith Pink, who showed tremendous knowledge and understanding of the game.
The tour is an example of the sporting opportunities available at Dunhurst, where pupils are encouraged to foster a lifelong passion for sport and develop skills in competitive, creative and challenging situations, both as an individual and as part of a team.
Dunhurst’s Head of PE & Sport Will Bray commented: “The tour was really enjoyable and the games gave the U13 teams an opportunity to prep for the season ahead. The matches of the season are now underway and we are able to approach these with a greater depth of understanding of the concepts of the game. Well done to everyone who took part.”