As Ollie Pope makes his England debut and takes the field at Lord's, there will be enthusiastic celebrations at the Boarding Schools' Association. Martin Reader, Headmaster of Cranleigh School - where Ollie spent him formative years - is this year's Chairman of the BSA, and will be joining us in cheering him on.
The English team boasts seven players who attended BSA schools: Ollie Pope is joined by Joe Root (Worksop College), Alistair Cook (Bedford School), Stuart Broad (Oakham School), Jonny Bairstow (St Peter's York), Jos Buttler (King's Taunton) and Sam Curran (Wellington College).
The resources, facilities and coaching in our boarding schools are second to none, but above all it is the time that boarders have away from the classroom to pursue their passions and interests and the support from dedicated staff that allow them to develop their individual talents make our boarding schools such a valuable asset.
Cricket has declined in UK schools over the years, but not so in our boarding schools when elite development as well as participation still sit comfortably beside each other.
A true love of the game is nurtured in all abilities in our boarding schools. A full house at Lord's with England one-nil, up in the series after a thrilling victory over India, ranked number one in the World, at Edgbaston will provide a fabulous show piece for English cricket.
Andrew Lewin, BSA Director of Training and International, himself an MCC member who has opened the batting at Lord's, will be supporting England in their quest to add another victory to their tally this Summer.
This weekend also sees the final of the Cricketer Cup (a public school former pupils' competition that has been running for more than 50 years) between the Old Malvernians (Malvern College), who defeated the Uppingham Rovers (Uppingham School) in the semi-finals, and the Old Cranleighans (Cranleigh School), who got passed the Old Bedfordians (Bedford School). This might make for an interesting conversation in the slip cordon!
Cricket is very much alive in our boarding schools.