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 Post subject: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:25 pm 
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slightly random question - but does anyone happen to know whether they play cricket and if so to what sort of standard?

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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:40 pm 
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I have a DS there who goes to cricket club, so I know they play, and he has played in a couple of matches against other schools. I have no idea of the standard though.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:41 pm 
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According to the website: 'At Key Stage 3 pupils have three 80 minute Physical Education lessons over a two week cycle. All lessons are double periods and class sizes are approximately 23 pupils to a group. Pupils are taught in ability sets and where possible classes are taught single sex. Boys and girls follow similar units of work in; athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, dance, football, gymnastics, handball, health-related fitness, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, tennis, volleyball and House Sport.'

'We have a history of producing strong teams in football and cricket (boys and girls), rugby, and netball. Teams participate in a range of County and Borough Cups and Leagues.

Every two years the department runs a Senior Sports Tour to Barbados to play cricket, football and netball and a Junior Sports Tour to Cyprus to play football. The department is very experienced in organising these trips and they are very popular with pupils and providing them with an opportunity to play some excellent international teams and experience different cultures.'
Fixtures here:
http://sports.latymer-upper.org/Fixture ... asp?Id=161


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:55 pm 
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The school does play cricket but not really to a high standard. My son played outside of school and whilst there were school matches there were not many. The trips to Cyprus and Barbados are offered. Cyprus is for the lower years and very popular. My son went and loved it. Barbados is hit and miss as it is very expensive. Not enough pupils wanted to go for my son's year when it was offered.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:24 am 
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copella wrote:
The school does play cricket but not really to a high standard. My son played outside of school and whilst there were school matches there were not many. The trips to Cyprus and Barbados are offered. Cyprus is for the lower years and very popular. My son went and loved it. Barbados is hit and miss as it is very expensive. Not enough pupils wanted to go for my son's year when it was offered.


Thanks - yes, that was slightly my impression from the open day - state school cricket tends not to be brilliant. We're going to the parents evening next week, so I might quiz/encourage the sports teachers!


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:07 am 
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TommyD wrote:
Thanks - yes, that was slightly my impression from the open day - state school cricket tends not to be brilliant. We're going to the parents evening next week, so I might quiz/encourage the sports teachers!

That is a bit of a generalisation - there are some excellent state schools for cricket. You are paying mega bucks for a Private school and some of that goes on specialist cricket staff [of variable quality].

Most talented cricketers play for good clubs as that is how you get into County squads.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:36 pm 
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Guest55 wrote:
TommyD wrote:
Thanks - yes, that was slightly my impression from the open day - state school cricket tends not to be brilliant. We're going to the parents evening next week, so I might quiz/encourage the sports teachers!

That is a bit of a generalisation - there are some excellent state schools for cricket. You are paying mega bucks for a Private school and some of that goes on specialist cricket staff [of variable quality].

Most talented cricketers play for good clubs as that is how you get into County squads.


Maybe a bit of a generalisation, but ...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/201 ... sman-must/

"Listen to Stoneman speak of his self-doubts - “I’m my own worst critic” - and it can hardly be a coincidence that he is currently England’s only specialist Test batsman who was not educated at a fee-paying school in England or South Africa. This has suddenly become, not the pattern, but the rule in English cricket. Fifteen years ago it was not, but since Paul Collingwood retired in January 2011 not one English state-school batsman has been a regular in the Test side. All the wicketkeeper-batsmen too have come from fee-paying schools."

Anyway, my question was about Latymer specifically, since that's where my son is going, and I wondered about the experiences of those who are there now/have been there in recent times


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
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I can think of a number of others playing County Cricket who did not attend Private schools. Remember modular GCSEs impacted on summer sport until recently and they are now gone; that was a factor in state schools. The Torygraph is not exactly impartial evidence.

Anyway, as I said, it's the clubs that get you access to County squads not your school. [I have scored cricket matches at a high level]


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
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Guest55 wrote:
I can think of a number of others playing County Cricket who did not attend Private schools. Remember modular GCSEs impacted on summer sport until recently and they are now gone; that was a factor in state schools. The Torygraph is not exactly impartial evidence.

Anyway, as I said, it's the clubs that get you access to County squads not your school. [I have scored cricket matches at a high level]


I'm afraid it's a simple fact that state schools are underrepresented in English international cricket; it's got absolutely nothing to do with the politics of the newspaper, or the journalist. Many think it's getting worse too - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/crick ... ution.html

(sorry about the second link to the Telegraph, fingers xx'd they're not just making it all up)


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket at Latymer
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:50 pm 
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That article is three years old!

A factor is that many prefer to go to university and need wealthy families to go into cricket from school instead.

If you are choosing a Private school for this reason then may I politely suggest you are wasting your money? Get him in a good club instead.


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