Perse cricketers enjoy Sri Lanka tour
16 Apr 2019
Over the Easter holidays, 14 boys in Year 8, 9 and 10 travelled to Sri Lanka for a pre-season cricket tour. Over the course of the tour the boys were able to experience playing cricket and touring around one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
The tour began in Kandy experiencing some hot and humid conditions in the jungle. The boys were very lucky to play their first game at a first class ground where the England Lions team had played a few weeks before. After the game, the group travelled to Sigiriya to visit the iconic and very famous rock fortress. All 14 boys and staff managed to climb up the 300m rock and were able to enjoy the beautiful views from the top.
The second game was in Anuradhapura, which is famous for its well preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilisation. Here the boys battled the heat against a very handy opposition in two T20 matches. They were very unfortunate to lose both games by the narrowest of margins. Ben Floto top scored with a very good 66 in one match.
The following day they visited the Elephant Sanctuary in Pinniwala, home to over 80 orphaned elephants. The boys were able to sit and eat lunch whilst watching the elephants bathe in the river during the afternoon. The tour then moved onto the country’s capital , Colombo where they stayed at one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka, Mount Lavinia. The next day the boys played at one of the nation’s test venues in Colombo – the same venue where Kumar Sangakarra hit is first double century and Shane Warne picked up 7 wickets.
The boys started the game very well and had their opposition 132-8 before a last wicket stand pushed the St Joseph’s total to 173 all out. Perse started positively and were cruising along at 110-3 after 22 overs, however some very skilful and tricky spin bowling limited their chase and they collapsed to 122 all out.
The next day the boys played two T20 matches against the St Thomas’s school in Colombo. Alex Maynard was the star of the show hitting a superb maiden century with a 6 off the last ball of the innings to get his hundred.
For the final stage of the tour, they travelled to Hikkaduwa and the beautiful beaches on the south coast, stopping off at a turtle hatchery to see some baby turtles before enjoying a river safari on the Madu river. On our final day of cricket they played against two schools who were supported by the MCC foundation of goodness.
The centre was set up and funded by the Marylebone Cricket Club after the Tsunami in 2004. The centre provided care and education for the children and young women who were affected by the Tsunami. The Perse got their first win of tour in the final game. Posting a huge 210 in the first innings, thanks to another Maynard century. In a very tense second innings the Perse held their nerve to come out as victors by 8 runs. Some superb bowling by MacDowell (who ended the tour as leading wicket taker) and Knight who both picked up 3 wickets a piece.