Berkhamsted Group | 26.04.2016

Sri Lanka Cricket Tour

Sri Lanka Cricket Tour

Twenty five Berkhamsted School cricketers have just returned from a most incredible experience touring Sri Lanka. The junior and senior squads each played five matches against tough local opposition in Colombo, Kandy and in the iconic test match stadium in Galle. 


The boys and girls spent their free time visiting spectacular cultural and geographical sites, including the elephant sanctuary at Pinawalla, the temple of the tooth, a tea plantation, a traditional dance show in Kandy and the cricket club café and regional rugby final in Colombo.

Junior squad highlights

The boys produced two very good wins against good sides which included a superb hat-trick for Max Paul (4 for 26) and an impressive 55 for Lucas Golding vs PWC Cricket Academy Colombo. Joe Bone enjoyed the spin-friendly conditions taking 3 for 51 vs Colombo School of Cricket and Joel Abbott bowled with pace and accuracy to achieve the best tour figures of 8 overs, 4 maidens, 4 for 14 vs St Servatius College. Josh Todd batted through the oppressive heat to score 47 vs Kothalawala College and in the same match Will Halliday and Scott Rolfe each picked up two important wickets to help us finish the match with some pride intact. Scott Rolfe captained the side cleverly and played with maturity and skill throughout. He was elevated to the senior side for the last two matches of the tour. Joe Bone took the catch of the tour (leaping like a salmon at square leg) and he was also deservedly voted top tourist for the junior squad. Toby Lazeris was the top scorer with the bat and Joel Abbott was the leading wicket taker with the ball. Charlie Ormerod deserves a special mention for keeping wicket every game in 35 degree heat and for taking two stumpings and seven catches on tour.


Senior squad highlights

The senior squad toiled in the extreme heat, developing skills and team spirit throughout the tour. Despite only winning one game, they were beaten very narrowly in two excellent encounters and they went on to win their penultimate match versus Kiridiwala College in impressive style by 49 runs. On the field the following performances deserve special mentions: Hamish Smart 5 for 34 vs Maliyadeva College; Freddie Thompson 3 for 23 vs Kiridiwala College; Milo Skelton 59 and Charlie Nicholls 56 vs Colombo School of Cricket. Felicity Gates was awarded the top tourist trophy for the senior squad; the best bowler award went to Hamish Smart, and the best batsman silverware went to Milo Skelton. Charlie Nicholls deserves praise for his leadership of all the players and his hard work before, during and after the tour. We wish all the players the best of luck in the upcoming 2016 cricket season.

Mr. R. Mackay 

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