Head of Cricket: Andy Palmer
Cricket Professional: Jon Ayling
Background: Andy Palmer is a Level 2 coach and has been Head of Cricket since 1998, having held a similar position at Colston’s School before arriving here in 1995. He was Chairman of the County of Avon Schools' Cricket association for 11 years as well as being an E.S.C.A. regional selector. He is now the West Region representative on the HMC cricket committee and administers both the Peak Sports League and the County Cup competitions for Wiltshire Cricket.
Jon Ayling was a very promising all-rounder at Hampshire who played 60 first-class and 94 one-day matches before injury cut short his career. He gained winners’ medals in both the Benson and Hedges and Nat West Trophy Finals at Lord’s. Having gained his Level 3 certificate he later returned to the county to become First team bowling coach and Second team coach. He joined Dauntsey’s in 2012.
Cricket at Dauntsey's
Cricket is the main sport for boys at Dauntsey’s in the Summer Term. Most boys have games twice a week throughout the term, with extra practices and net sessions taking place after school for team squads and individuals. A programme of indoor coaching runs in both the Autumn and Spring Terms with many senior players having individual sessions with the professional as part of their timetable.
At least 12 teams regularly compete against other schools on Saturday afternoons and midweek. Internal matches are also played on Saturday afternoons to give all boys an opportunity to play the game. Dauntsey’s competes in the Peak Sports League and National Schools T20 competitions at First team level, as well as the E.C.B./E.S.C.A. T20 (Under 15) and Lord’s Taverners’ Trophy (Under 14). First XI tours take place every three years, usually to the West Indies during the Easter holiday.
Dauntsey’s cricket has strong links with both Wiltshire and Hampshire. Many boys gain representative honours at district and county level with the best of the older players being selected for the relevant academy squad. We regularly host inter-county matches, county squad training and coach education courses. We are also the home of the M.C.C. Foundation Mid-Wiltshire Hub, providing coaching for promising local youngsters.