Cricket is a popular sport at Derby Grammar School, and as well as playing in the school sides, eight pupils are now playing in district and county sides across Derbyshire and Warwickshire.

Tomás Dickens, from Derby, is our youngest county player having been selected for the Derbyshire U11 Boys County Squad. Junior School pupil Tomás has been playing cricket since the age of 8 when he started at the School, and in 2016 joined Quarndon Cricket Club.  He said: “It’s the first time I’ve been picked for the County squad. I felt really happy when I found out I’d been selected. I love cricket, especially batting.”

Following success in the U10 and U11 squads for Derbyshire County Cricket, including being named the leading wicket taker in last year’s U11 side, Ayaan Aziz has been selected for the 2018 U12 Boys County Squad.

He said: “I was so excited when I found out I’d been selected. There were lots of boys competing for places so I didn’t know if I’d get in. It’s so much fun to play cricket – I’d spend all of my life playing if I could.” Derby based Ayaan also plays for Ticknall Cricket Club, and captains the School’s U12 side.

Saevuk Atwal of Stenson Fields, Jasgobind Singh Virk of Littleover and Will Eley of Longford, Ashbourne, have all been selected for U14 sides – South Derbyshire, Derby City and Derbyshire Dales. Jasper Grace of Bretby has been selected for the Warwickshire County U14 Boys Squad. This is his first season playing for Warwickshire, but he is also a stalwart of the school side, recently scoring 100 against Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Daanish Azeem of Littleover and Aryan Kolhe of Chellaston are both in Year 10. Daanish is playing for Derby City U15 Squad this season, whilst Aryan is a member of the South Derbyshire District U15 squad and also captains the School U15 team.

Mr Whitworth, Head of Games and PE at Derby Grammar School, said: “We are delighted for all of our pupils who have been selected for district and county sides this season.

They have worked hard over the winter with Kaizen Cricket who run the School’s programme for county and district players, as well as with their own clubs. These links are crucial to maintain and enhance the standard of cricket across School.”