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Alleyne’s cricketers play home games at Stone Cricket Club

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Cricketers from Alleyne’s Academy are now playing their home games at Stone Cricket Club in a new partnership between the school and club.

Alleyne’s Academy provides students with the opportunity to develop their cricketing skills both in lessons and through extra-curricular opportunities to compete against other schools.

Now in partnership with Stone SP CC that opportunity is being enhanced further by the Academy teams using the fantastic setting and ground on Lichfield Road.

Many of the boys representing both the U14 and U15 Academy teams are members of the Stone club and the chance to play on their ‘home‘ ground is obviously paying dividends judging by the fantastic success experienced in 2015 and continuing into the new season.

Having won both the U14 and U15 County competitions last year over 40 overs and the shorter 20 over formats, a first for the Academy and a feat not achieved by any other competing school before, attention has turned to involvement in the ESCA u15 National Trophy which involves the winners of all county competitions at the u14 age group.

The Alleyne’s team comprising the very best cricketers from both Years 9 and 10 have so far played in two rounds beating Ellesmere College (Shropshire) in a bowl-off and Ysgol Eirias (North Wales) comprehensively by 10 wickets to progress to the Midlands Region semi-final where they are drawn against Rushey Mead School from Leicestershire.

This game will be hosted at Stone Cricket Club on Monday 6th June starting at 10.30am and should be a fine advert for youth cricket with a number of very talented individuals involved from Moddershall CC, Little Stoke CC, Barlaston CC and not least the eight  players who all come from Stone SP CC.

The Year 10 team is also making a solid defence of the county title having again reached the final after a thumping win over St Joseph’s & King Edward VI Lichfield.

Alleynes Academy head of PE, Steve Powell, said: “Playing home fixtures at Stone SP CC has been a huge boost to the boys as they rise to the challenge of performing at such a fantastic ground. Alleyne’s Academy are proud to support this local community club who provide coaching and matches to youngsters across all age ranges, and where so many of the Academy team doing so well at present, learnt how to play the wonderful game of cricket in the first place.”

To recognise the relationship a board has been placed at the ground that Steve and the year 10 team had their photo taken with prior to their most recent match.

Stone SP CC club secretary Ade Cuthbert thanked Alleyne’s Academy for the board and added: “We are delighted to be able help the school in scheduling their home games at our Lichfield road site. We wish Alleyne’s continued success in both the ESCA U15 National Trophy and Staffs Schools Cup and will be are proud to host games whenever required. Such a close partnership between us as a local sports club and the school can only be good for everyone concerned – so long may that continue!”

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