Top 66 Academy intake nears completion

The 2020-21 Twenty20 Cricket Academy Top 66 playing squad is nearing completion with just three places remaining for the 2021 under 11s squad. 75% of the 2020-21 membership are from state schools, with many of them having graduated from the Surrey Slam State Schools programme, which itself started this week. Over 150 state school cricketers are taking part once again. A number of the Top 66 players are also either still to go through phase 2 of county assessments or have already been put through to the county performance squads based on their performances to date. Any prospective year 6s looking to join the squad should visit our Top 66 Academy page for more details or contact us directly.

State School cricket to the fore

At a sun-kissed Cobham Avorians, Sunday's game featured 20 state school cricketers and a level of cricket that belies the impression of cricket at that level. Winning the toss and deciding to bat, Surrey State School under 13s got off to a flyer thanks to some wayward bowling and strong hitting. Toby Crowther and Josh Thorley put on a blistering 94 runs for the first wicket before Crowther was the first to retire at 50 runs in the 11th over. Thorley followed 4 overs later with the score at 125-0 with 10 overs still remaining. The Academy team, featuring a number of debutants, pulled the game back in the final 10 overs taking 58-5 as the Surrey State School XI ended on 183-5 off their 25 over

Haxton hits a double hundred against his team mates

Alfie Haxton took the plaudits with an unbeaten 204 as Epsom under 12s played Twenty20 Cricket Academy "B" team in an all day declaration game. With the Epsom team boasting a number of Twenty20 Cricket Academy players, including Haxton, the fixture took on even more meaning than usual. Epsom batted first and, after an early wicket, Twenty20 confidence increased. In came Haxton. Adding 82 with Dan Barker (another Academy member) and then 143 with James Howe, Haxton punished the bad ball with imperious drives, mostly through extra cover and pulls through backward square, as he accumulated runs to burst through the milestones. It was his first century and likely to be the first of many. When he

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