King’s Ely has been awarded the Henry Grierson Trophy for promotion of cricket in East Anglia.
The Forty Club has selected King’s Ely as this year’s winners of the Henry Grierson Trophy, which is awarded in memory of the Forty Club’s founder to the school which is doing most in the area to promote both cricket and the spirit of cricket.
The Forty Club, reputed to be the largest ‘wandering’ cricket Club in the world, has pledged since 1936 ‘to take cricket to the schools’. This they achieve by offering schools fixtures against experienced teams who will inspire young cricketers in both the maintained and independent sectors, to play the game to the highest standards of performance and behaviour as well as in the very best spirit of the game.
Representatives from King’s Ely, including two members of the current 1st XI, Jacob Maton and Edward Goff (pictured), collected the award at Lord’s at the annual 40 club dinner.
King’s Ely Director of Sport, Ben Edmondson, commented, “The Forty Club fixture is a valuable part of the school’s summer term. It allows the boys to compete and learn from players who have a wealth of knowledge and demonstrate the correct manner in which the game should be played. We are very honoured to have won this award and the dinner was an amazing opportunity for Jacob and Edward to experience the atmosphere of the Long Room at Lord’s.”