London Schools reforms after scandal and revitalises cricketing mission

The alma mater of Gooch, Compton and Emburey was rightly ostracised after scandal last year but its role is too important to be neglected, which is why a group of us have intervened to get it back on its feet

For 92 years the London Schools Cricket Association has been a grand, slightly rickety sporting charity, its mission to promote cricket in the London area and bring the game to those outside an increasingly narrow county system.

Unlike quite a few good ideas, this one actually works. Two of England’s last three all-format captains, Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan, played for London Schools. Denis Compton played for London Schools. As did Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, although only Hurst ever made it into county cricket, the hammer of West Germany famously scoring 0 and 0 not out in his only match for Essex.

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