Day 6 - 4th July
vs Cranleigh HS
This day both of our touring teams played well against one of, if not the best school in the whole of Surrey county.
However, The game was highlighted with an outstanding display of batting by Lachlan Bird and Ben Crawford at the top of the order. On an unusually Australian English pitch our batters looked comfortable and eyeing off a score of over 200 in 40 overs. Good bowling from their opposition and many poor decisions from all of our batsmen led to a collapse and a final total of 172.
In the 2nd XI, we were challenged very well. This is only another learning curve on a trip that is only half way finished. Manav Kalra and Sam Jackson were the only 2 to get wickets and Cranleigh’s 15s side ended up on 2/215. At the top of the order Louis Bertrams showed a fantastic display of batting, with some free hitting. Unfortunately, the boys could not continue the good work and were bowled out for a relatively low total. The main thing is everyone is having fun playing and bonding as a group.
Special shoutout to Patrick, our bus driver for the tour who is navigating the tight roads of Surrey and Essex with ease.
Day 7 & 8 - 5th July
After a stay at a very nice hotel, between Cranleigh and Bath. We visited the Stonehenge. A heritage listed, ancient rock temple. We were given a helpful holiday lesson by Mr. Conway then went to visit the temples. A consistent comment throughout the visit to Stonehenge was that the people living thousands of years ago were very small.
We then continued to King Edwards College in Bath. They were a very challenging school and positively our batting stood up to their bowling with great batting performances from James McGregor (56) and Oscar Bradley (32). We continued to bowl as well as we batted and with early wickets the opposition’s they were struggling.
Our bowling innings began with some amazing partnership bowling from Edward Timpson and Lachlan Harmer. Early wickets put the opposition in a tough position on about 3/40. Sam Jackson then came on and took 4 wickets to almost secure the match for us. However a fantastic 10th wicket partnership of about 70 lead their team to victory.
The 2nd XI enjoyed a relaxing fun game against each other on King Edward’s second ground.
We then went to the Bath YMCA and relaxed in the beautiful city of Bath.