Elliot Brown, from Year 12, has made his debut for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. His is a story of following your dreams and, as we say at Seaford ‘reaching for the heights’.
Elliott, who has cerebral palsy, started playing cricket at Seaford in Year 4. He is now the Seaford 2nd team captain and describes the past year as “really good, we only lost one game!”. Alongside playing at Seaford, Elliot also plays for Steyning Cricket Club and has done for a number of years. He credits them for their support and the fact that they have always been good with him and his disability. In 2015 Elliot was picked to play for Sussex Cricket Club’s disability team, and after three years he joined Middlesex’s disability team before he was selected to play for the England PD Lions.
Chris Adams, Head of Seaford Cricket, says he was “Absolutely delighted for Elliott. I know how much it means to him and will mean to him over the coming years to be part of that squad”. It was Chris who made Elliott the second team captain. “It’s a meaty role” he says “He has taken it, grabbed it with both hands and sprinted off into the distance with it”. Continue reading →
Before half term, the Annual Sports Awards Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just shy of 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening, which began with welcome drinks in the garden room followed by a group photo on the terraces outside mansion.
After being welcomed by the Headmaster, the guests played “Guess the staff member.” This included 10 questions Continue reading →
Chris Adams, the Head of Cricket at Seaford College, attended a very special dinner at Lord’s during the Spring term. Having played for England in five Test matches and five One Day Internationals, he was invited to the home of cricket for a unique assembly of all past and present England players.
The guest list spanned many generations of men and women’s players, from those representing England in the 1950s, to those playing for England today. More than 30 current and former captains were at the dinner and it was an evening for sharing memories, swapping stories and taking pride in wearing the Three Lions.
“It was an incredible night and I was amazed by how many legends of the game were at the dinner”, said Mr Adams. “It was lovely to catch up with so many people I had got to know when I was playing professionally but hadn’t seen for a number of years.”
The evening gave all the players a chance to discuss and share stories about their experiences of playing for England. “My table was very special with Nasser Hussain on it who gave me my Test debut,” said Mr Adams. “Jason Roy was also on my table and I had the privilege of giving Jason his first professional contract at Surrey. And it was Jason’s job, as the current England player on our table to present us with the caps we were given to celebrate the evening. It was an incredibly special occasion and I will remember it for ever”.
Seaford College Prep School cricket continues to go from strength to strength. The U13 girls who previously got to the Regional Semi-Finals for the Indoor Softball Cup in the Spring Term were in action on Friday 12th June in the U13 County Outdoor Finals day at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker. Convincing wins against Claremont and Lancing College set up a mouth-watering final against Bede’s Prep School. With rain in the air and a storm brewing over the downs, it was Bede’s to bat first. Amassing a sizeable total of 261, it was down to our girls to chase it down and win the Cup. Some superb bowling from the Bede’s girls kept things tight and it all came down to the last pair of Constance Stockman and Megan Bennett to get us over the line. With 30 needed off their last three overs, they came ever so close to a famous victory against the tournament favourites, only losing out by 11 runs.
Tomorrow sees the U15s in action at the Hurst County U15 Tournament. Hopefully Continue reading →
Many congratulations to Seaford College Prep School’s U13 Cricket team who beat Prebendal away yesterday.
A superb bowling and fielding display left a bewildered Prebendal team all out for 46. Xavier Deacon, Ed Hardy and Hugo Gillespie were the pick of the bowlers, putting the opposition batsmen to the sword. Supporting the fine bowling was some excellent fielding and catching from both Charlie Gyles and Henry Lewis. Charlie took two catches, one of which was a stunning full-stretch diving effort.
Prebendal’s low total was never going to cause the U13s much trouble, as they chased it down within eight overs for the loss of only two wickets.
Seaford College’s cricket teams have started the season with a number of good results. On the first weekend of matches the 2nd XI, the U15 As, U15Bs, U14As and U14Bs all beat the opposing teams from Christ’s Hospital.
The 1st Team have put in some fantastic performances against Churcher’s and Hurst, sadly only losing to Hurst in the final overs of the game. Matt Kouris took an impressive 3 wickets for 22 runs against Churcher’s, and Corry De Candole should be credited for his fielding and bowling. Stand out performances from the 2nd team include Hugo Squire’s 51 not out against Christ’s Hospital, and Matt Langmead’s 91 against Brighton College.
Seaford’s cricket team went on tour to sunny Barbados over February half term. The cricket tour stayed at the Butterfly Beach Hotel, and played several matches against local teams. Tony Phillips, who accompanied the tour, sent us the following tour diary with all the highlights from the team’s visit.
We bring you news of a tremendous victory in our first match. Batting first on a difficult wicket, Seaford posted a respectable 141 against Lester Vaughan School. The innings was held together by significant contributions from James White and Alex Hodgson. In reply our opposition struggled against some impressive Seaford bowling. Captain Ronny Harrison destroyed the upper order by taking 3 wickets in his second over. They never really recovered from the Harrison spell and were eventually dismissed for 100 giving Seaford a victory by 41 runs. In the evening the team went to Oistens to help Mr Nick Harrison (Ronn’ys father) celebrate his 50th birthday.
Our second match of the tour provided us with a much sterner test. Batting first, the Barbados Select XI were well on the way to posting an imposing score at 95-0 after 15 overs. However, despite the intense heat of the Barbados sun Seaford fought back to restrict the opposition to 212 all out. In reply Continue reading →