Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka
A group of 30 boys, from Years 9 and 10, spent two weeks over the Easter holidays on the biennial cricket tour to Sri Lanka.
During their stay, temperatures were consistently between about 25 degrees (at 4am) and 33 degrees during the day, accompanied by high humidity, and some spectacular evening thunderstorms.
The conditions provided our cricketers with a constant challenge, even before taking into account the different pitches and the opponents. Each of the two teams played five games, as well as having a practice session with a former Sri Lankan international, Chaminda Vaas. Both teams were also lucky enough to play at grounds which have hosted international cricket, including the Dambulla International stadium and at Sri Lanka’s most famous test ground, Galle.
On the field, the U14 team started with a thrilling 2 wicket win, but were then unable to match this performance in the other games. In contrast, the U15 team started with two defeats, but fortunes changed in the third game with a victory, which then put the U15s in good heart and they won the last two games comfortably.
Off the field, highlights included a train ride through spectacular hill country from Colombo to Kandy; a visit to Sigiriya rock, with a climb of twelve-hundred steps to the remains of a fifth-century AD royal palace; an elephant safari, which also included a memorably bumpy and dusty ride in open-top jeeps. Several boys (and all the staff) also took the chance to surf-board in the warm Indian Ocean under expert local tuition.
Overall the tourists all came home having been challenged physically and mentally by new and unfamiliar conditions, but with many wonderful experiences from a great trip.