Wilson’s School is once again very proud to be included in The Cricketer Magazine’s Schools Guide for 2023 featuring the top 100 schools—only a few of which are state-funded like ours. A record number of schools submitted entries to be included in the Guide which were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
Cricket has been an important part of life at Wilson’s for at least 150 years, with records of regular fixtures dating back to 1884. Back in those days, it was hard for the school (then located in Camberwell) to find suitable regular grounds for matches and practice; despite its extensive grounds, Dulwich College would only offer year-to-year tenancies.
The school archives contain detailed records of cricket fixtures, but these don’t make especially edifying reading: in the 1880s and 1890s, the scores appear to be very low, and few boys have a batting average of more than 10. But from 1899, things begin to take off and the captain at the turn of the century, H E Power, is recorded as scoring 343 runs with a hitherto unheard-of average of 26.4!
The huge improvement in sporting facilities from the move to Wallington in 1975 has enabled enormous development in school cricket during the past 50 years. Latterly, we have developed even stronger provision with a large area of cricket nets, a regular fixture against the MCC, and an increasing number of former pupils going to play at county level. With John Fry and Mark Cody at the helm, the quality of coaching and school cricket continues to go from strength to strength.
The Cricketer was founded in 1921 by Sir Pelham Warner. The 2023 Schools Guide is included alongside the December issue of The Cricketer magazine which is now available via their website.