St Bede’s hot cricketing prospect Callum takes on a couple of England Test stars in Harmison and Plunkett

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St Bede’s School Upper Fifth student and hot cricketing prospect Callum Jackson received a late call up to replace the injured Matt Machan in the Sussex 1st team to face last year’s county champions Durham on their pre-season tour to Dubai.

He joined former St Bede’s student Luke Wells in the team. Wells opened the batting and top scored with 52 while Jackson got his chance to face first class bowlers for the first time, batting at number 8.

Jackson scored 16 and faced 50 deliveries from international bowlers Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett. Had Ollie Rayner not been on loan to Middlesex, Sussex would have fielded three St Bede’s boys in the same match.

St Bede’s Senior School Soccer 1st XI have reached their second final of the season, having beaten Chichester Technology College 4-0, with goals coming from, Thibault Bain, Ashley Crocombe and two from Bayan Fenwick.

St Bede’s will play Steyning Grammar School in the final of the Sussex County Cup after the Easter break in May to decide who takes the title of Sussex Champions.

The 2nd XI, meanwhile, have made it to League Final after beating Bishop Luffa 3-0.

St Bede’s U15 girls’ hockey side have won the Sussex County Cup after beating Burgess Hill. The final was played at Lewes Hockey Club and, with netball being the main sport in the spring term, many of the girls who do not play for a club had not played since Christmas. The team, captained by Alicia Caillard were 2-0 up half time thanks to fine goals from Danni Marshall and Vanessa Rayner slotting in the second goal.

In the second half Burgess Hill managed to claw one back but St Bede’s were kept ahead until the final whistle thanks to some great goalkeeping by Kaya Worrall.

And five St Bede’s Prep School pupils were part of the Eastbourne hockey team that won the Sussex Girls’ Development League. The team won 18 of their 21 games, only losing two matches against teams from all over Sussex including Brighton, East Grinstead, Lewes and Horsham.

Three of the St Bede’s girls, Grace Baron, Holly Goble and Georgia Horsman, have also been playing in the U14 Cup League, which Eastbourne also won – and they are now off to play at the regional finals in Reading after Easter.