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Former Bishop's Stortford College students Joe Hawkins and Adam Bassingthwaighte have batted their way into the Wisden Almanack for the second year in a row




Joe Hawkins and Adam Bassingthwaighte have batted their way into the Wisden Almanack for the second year in a row.

The pair are listed in the famous book, which has been published annually since 1864, for their efforts as schoolboy cricketers during their time at Bishop's Stortford College.

The Old Stortfordians, who play their club cricket for Bishop's Stortford and have achieved county honours, benefitted from the Elite Sports Programme as sports scholars when they were at the Maze Green Road institution.

Adam Bassingthwaighte (35974734)
Adam Bassingthwaighte (35974734)

Hawkins and Bassingthwaighte have been named in the top 30 schoolboys again after stellar 2019 campaigns - the former came 28th with 482 runs at an average of 60.25 while the latter placed 11th after amassing 742 runs at an average of 74.20.

"This is an outstanding achievement from Adam and Joe," said the school's head of cricket Dave Hughes. "They were both superb schoolboy cricketers and a pleasure to coach.

"We wish them every success for the future and they should be very proud of their impressive season and what they accomplished for the college. Many congratulations to them both."

Joseph Hawkins (35974739)
Joseph Hawkins (35974739)

Meanwhile, the college pitch was declared in excellent condition and of a high enough standard to host county matches after an inspection from legendary groundsman Michael Hunt.

The man who was head groundsman at Lord's between 1985 and 2018 was impressed with the facilities when he visited at the end of April.


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