CHS is Top 100 School for Cricket

CHS has been selected as one of the Top 100 cricketing schools in the country and as a result, will now feature in The Cricketer Schools Guide 2023.

2023’s roll call – which features both state-funded and private schools – was finalised after an extensive selection process from a huge number of contenders.

The entries were judged against a vast set of criteria demonstrating commitment to cricket in the curriculum including facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.

CHS Cricket Coach, Mr Karl Brown said: “To have been selected as one of The Cricketer Magazine’s Top 100 Schools is a very proud moment for everyone that has played a part in cricket at CHS over the last few years. Cricket within the school is growing year on year with more pupils participating than ever before in practice and fixtures. Girls’ cricket is becoming increasingly popular, and we will continue to provide opportunities for everyone to progress, enjoy and grow their love for the game.”

The accolade follows a recent run of success for Team CHS; the U15s were the School’s top performing age group in the summer term, with the boys becoming runners up in the National T20 final – coming so close to the School winning its first ever national cricket competition at Arundel Castle. The U15s also won the Cheshire Cup and became North Champions. The U15 girls won the Cheshire Cup and reached the North finals of the national indoor competition.

CHS currently has A and B teams at all age groups in boys’ cricket and teams at all age groups in girls’ cricket. Everyone has the opportunity to play cricket all year round and each team has a squad practice running from January through to the summer with midweek and Saturday fixtures including the Cheshire Cup and National Cup competitions. Year 11 and Year 12 are currently working on their skills as they prepare for a Cricket tour to Barbados in July 2023.

CHS pupils are also achieving beyond School’s own fields; Lower Sixth Form student Joe Chapple has been selected for Lancashire Academy – just one step away from receiving a pro contract – and a further 8 pupils play for the County with many others playing district cricket.

One Judge commented; “We received a huge number of entries this year and it was heartening to read how schools are ensuring that cricket remains central in their summer curriculum. The summer game is in excellent hands thanks to the unstinting commitment from CHS’s coaching team. Considering the quality of entries this year you should be very proud of your efforts. Congratulations.”

The Cricketer is the world’s oldest cricket magazine and CHS first appeared in its highly respected list in 2017. Since then, the School has often been featured as its opportunities for young athletes continue to grow.