Dighton Cricket Nets Opened

Elmhurst School for Boys

11th April 2013 | Headmaster's Blog

Elmhurst School welcomed Alec Stewart, the ex England cricket captain, and David Ward, ex Surrey and current Head of Cricket at Whitgift, for the opening of their new cricket nets.

This marks the culmination of a fundraising drive to raise money in memory of Elmhurst’s old Headmaster, Mr Barry Dighton, and his wife Liz, who was Head of Reception at Elmhurst.

Mr Dighton coached cricket at Elmhurst for over 20 years, at one stage overseeing a 9 year unbeaten run in the Croydon Cup. He was also very active in supporting schools’ cricket throughout Croydon.

Both Alec and David very kindly had a Question and Answer session with the boys, one of which involved David’s highest score of 294 not out.  It would appear that his captain declared robbing him of the chance of scoring 300, his captain….Alec Stewart!

Alec was very impressed with the new facility and was pleased to hear that not only does Elmhurst boast 4 Surrey schools’ players at present, but are preparing for their first overseas tour to South Africa next year.

Elmhurst would like to extend their thanks to both Alec and David for taking the time to come and visit the school on such an important occasion.

Charles South
March 2013

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