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Date: 03/05/2017

The Senior Cricket squad had a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience during the Easter holiday, a cricket tour to Sri Lanka which was generously supported by the AOOEs and the 200 Club.

The tour had an enviable itinerary including 13 days of travel, a five match cricket series, various cultural experiences and some inspirational sightseeing. The highlight of the trip was not just one win, but a series victory 3-2. The boys played exceptionally well despite the heat and intense humidity and should all be very proud of their fantastic success. 

All five games were very evenly matched and the boys had to work really hard. Callum Turner and George Cook both scored a couple of half centuries and Alex Wheeler spent a lot of time at the crease. All three were surprised at how draining and exhausting it was batting in those conditions. The bowlers toiled away in the heat too, but all stuck to their task and fully deserved their wins.

In addition to playing some fantastic cricket, the squad travelled around, staying at four different hotels and embarked on various sight-seeing excursions including the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, white water rafting down the Kelani River, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world) and the Foundation of Goodness, which was set up by ex-Sri Lankan Test players, the MCC and Surrey CCC following the tsunami in 2004.

Mike Wilksonson, Head of Cricket said: “Having taken a number of trips in the past I have to say this was the best. The boys were exceptionally well-behaved and great ambassadors for the School. They will all remember their amazing tour to Sri Lanka for the rest of their lives. Many thanks go to our Captain, James Allen, Mr Newport and Mr Morton for helping make this such a successful trip.”