Gater slams double ton for school XI


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Sidmouth cricketer Henry Gater made history when he became the first player to score a double century for the Taunton School 1st XI.

Gater, who skippers the school 1st XI, powered his way to a magnificent 206 in 44.4 overs against Queen‘s College. His innings included nine sixes and 22 fours.

“Double hundreds are not something that come around very often in anyone’s career so Henry should be very pleased and try and remember the day for as long as possible,” said Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick, who is head of cricket development at the school.

Taunton School’s massive total of 355 from their 50 overs also set a new record.

Taunton School went on to dismiss Queen’s for 195 to record a 160-run victory.

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Gater’s effort eclipsed all previous innings by the many outstanding cricketers who have represented the school including John Jameson, Aftab Habib and current Somerset opener Tom Abell.

His 206 is the highest score among all schoolboys in England so far in 2015 and ranks 12th on the list since national records were started in 2004.

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Lee Glaser, the headteacher, said: This record is likely to stand for some time and Henry can be proud of his place in Taunton School’s cricketing history.

‘He is a fine young man and is highly respected as our cricket captain.’

Dave Jessep, who is head of cricket, added: ‘Henry’s innings was a memorable display and all who witnessed it realised they were watching something special.’

‘Henry has worked hard on his game during his time at Taunton School – this achievement has been a long time coming and testament to the hard work he has put in.’

Gater was a Devon age-group player from age 10-16. He is also an accomplished hockey player and gave up county cricket at under-17 level to avoid too many clashes with the winter game.

His grand father, John Mullins, a Sidmouth resident said: “We are so proud of Henry’s latest achievement. He and his brother William are both such unassuming young men and love their cricket with a passion.”

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