The History and Evolution of the U17 National Schools Cricket Cup
In 2010 The School Sports Magazine ran the first ever National Schools U17 Cup. The cup, under the firm leadership of Phil Tulser and excellent administration of Julie Penrose provided schools across the country with an exciting and challenging competition from 2010 to 2017. It complimented well, the shorter and more explosive HMC National T20.
Whilst annually some 40+ schools enjoyed the 40 overs School Sports Magazine cup a number of schools have struggled to compete in both because of over stretched resources and increasing demands from other quarters. After the 2017 final School Sports Magazine dropped the competition.
In 2017-18 the gradual conversion back to linear A levels helped Masters IC of Cricket access more players in the Lower 6th and so ‘The Cricket Paper National Schools U17 Cup’, which is played over 35 overs with white balls and coloured clothing (where possible), was born. We firmly believe it offers an excellent opportunity to our schoolboy cricketers to test their skills, to a high, level against unfamiliar opponents across the length and breadth of the country.
In 2020 the Covid pandemic obviously caused the cancellation of the competition but in 2021 Eton College won a fantastically close final beating the previous holders Bromsgrove School at Loughborough University/
Previous Winners & Runners Up (The School Sports Magazine National U17 Cup 2010-2017/ The Cricket Paper National Schools U17 Cup 2018- present)
2010 Bedford School beat Myerscough College, Preston
2011 Filton College, Bristol beat Huddersfield New College
2012 Gillingham School beat Shrewsbury School
2013 Shrewsbury School & Portsmouth Grammar School Shared
2014 Bedford School beat Bradfield College
2015 Portsmouth Grammar School beat Sedbergh School
2016 Millfield School beat Shrewsbury School
2017 Merchant Taylor’s School, Northwood beat Shrewsbury School
2018 Millfield School beat Bedford School
2019 Bromsgrove School beat Bede’s School Hailsham
2020 COVID PANDEMIC – the competition did not take place
2021 Eton College beat Bromsgrove School