Report by Jack Duckett, 11L
The Nottingham High School cricket tour to Sri Lanka, which took place over the Easter break, was a great success both on and off the field. The team played 5 matches, including an international fixture at the Galle International Stadium versus Belfast Royal Academy, with 3 wins, 1 winning draw and 1 loss, which fairly reflects our superiority in the majority of the matches played.
In the time not spent playing cricket, the squad relaxed in the brilliant accommodation provided by a selection of four and five star hotels, and also took part in a number of activities including a tour of the city of Kandy; a visit to the Temple of the Holy Tooth (one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world); snorkelling; water sports; a visit to an elephant sanctuary where the boys were fortunate enough to ride the elephants, and a charity day at the Foundation of Goodness where the boys played with the children and donated some of their kit. In addition to this, we had an awards dinner on the final night of the tour at the Cricket Club Cafe in Colombo - a fitting end to the trip.
Back on the pitch we got off to a flying start against Kandy Academy in the first match, setting a total of 257 – 7 from 40 overs. Kandy failed to chase this down and after rain stopped the match 3 overs short, Duckworth-Lewis decided that NHS had won by a convincing 71 runs.
In the second match, versus our designated charity the Foundation of Goodness Academy, the High School were not so successful. Batting first again, we were all out for 117, and the Foundation had no trouble chasing this down in just 15 overs. This was the only match in which the High School were truly bettered and the third match versus the Belfast Royal Academy at the Galle International Stadium told a different story. It was a timed game and again NHS were put into bat, scoring 254 – 7 after 45 overs. In reply Belfast posted just 131 – 7 after 39 overs, however despite the High School’s superiority, the result was a very one-sided winning draw.
The fourth match was our most convincing win of the tour; Palink Academy were bowled out for just 49 and the High School chased it down in a mere 10.1 overs.
Finally in our fifth match against the Colombo Colts Academy, at a first class ground in the heart of Colombo, the result was a tight victory for NHS. The High School lost the toss so went out to bowl first, and the opposition posted a score of 131 all out, which was well chased down by Nottingham High School in 37 overs.
Overall it was an excellent cricket tour for the High School, with good results in most of the matches as well as some brilliant activities and accommodation, which contributed massively to making the tour a once in a lifetime experience, which I would thoroughly recommend to any pupil of the school. It was a great, cohesive experience which brought together boys of all the years involved, forming new friendships which will surely be carried through the school and beyond, and has set the school’s senior teams up for the cricket season ahead.
Finally I would like to thank all of the sponsors that helped us raise funds for the tour and for our tour charity the Foundation of Goodness – the money was very well received. I would also like to thank the parents and people who helped behind the scenes putting the brochure together, amongst other things. Most importantly we thank the staff, Mr Baker and Mr Dowsett, who made it all possible and for giving us this life-changing opportunity.
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