A wonderful summer term proved a catalyst for an excellent cricket season at Hutchesons' and sunshine was our backdrop to success at both district and national level.
The 1st XI were dominant against all the Glasgow schools and qualified for the semi-final of the Scottish cup where we were beaten in a tight match by Dollar Academy.
We also made the final of the Glasgow Academy Sixes where we lost out to a very physical George Watsons team.
Captain Gaurav (S6) led the team brilliantly and a good mix of junior players supported him and his fellow S6 players Sam and Alasdair to a fine draw with the XL club and an excellent showing against the MCC.
Daniel of S5 has represented Scotland Under 17 v Northants this season and scored an excellent 52 on his debut.
He was selected to play for Scotland U-17s Cricket against Northamptonshire this month and has been working towards this for the last three years.
The S1-3 cup saw the pupils win the West Cup for the 4th time in 5 years and progress onto National finals day which took place in Stirling.
We made it through to the final only to lose out, again to Dollar, in an exciting match. Special mention should go to Zakki (S3) who captained the side and led from the front with excellent bowling, batting and fielding.
A number of the junior cup squad also represented the 1st XI this season; Nabeel (S3) and promising S2’s Aditya, Nikhil , Owen and Hassan.
Junior House cricket rounded off the season brilliantly and Stuart house captained by Aditya won the W A Edward trophy after a very enjoyable day of cricket at Clydesdale.
Junior cricket is going through a transformation with new formats being rolled out by the Scottish Cricket Union to try and make games shorter, quicker and more active for the players involved.
At Hutchie, our focus is very much on providing a platform for our young players to experience various formats of the game in a fun and engaging environment.
If they enjoy the game, opportunities are there for them to progress at school and we actively encourage them to join local clubs to continue their involvement.
Our Primary 6 and 7 play Kwik Cricket using a soft ball and our participation numbers on Saturday morning are very high. S1 pupils are introduced to hardball cricket in pairs games and amended formats before moving on to more formal 20/20 cricket in S2 and above.
The PE Department thanks everyone involved in making this cricket season such a success!