06 September 2017

Grenada cricket tour 2017

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A squad of 15 players ranging from Year 10 to the Upper Sixth travelled to Grenada, West Indies, in July for a cricket tour.

We stayed in a beautiful scenic hotel right on the beach, which allowed us to play team activities like beach volleyball and touch rugby. However, the reason we were all in Grenada was the cricket. The main challenge of playing cricket in the Caribbean is the heat; not just the scorching sunshine, but the humidity, which, especially in all your batting gear, made you feel like you were in a sauna.

It did not take us long to find out that the Grenadian batsmen were certainly not afraid of smashing a good length ball over the ring field. In fact it meant a most of our wickets were caught on the boundary, something you never really get in the English game.

This unfamiliar playing style perhaps meant it took us a while for our tour to really get firing, as we unfortunately lost our first three games. We then managed to follow these losses with back-to-back wins, due to gutsy performances with the bat from Rory Easton (59), Nick Bett (48) and Patrick Nickols (66*) and a much improved bowling and catching display.

Our sixth and final game was the decider to see if we could be even (three wins and three losses), or negative (two wins and four losses). It was a nail-biting game but we just fell short with the bat in the second innings. However, it illustrated some spirited efforts from the team, coming back from losing the first three games and being incredibly close to completing a fight back.

Bowler of the tour went to Peter Wright with figures of 24.3-2-70-9, and Batsmen of the tour went to Nick Bett with 190 runs at an average of 38. Nick also passed 1000 runs and 50 wickets for Sevenoaks School 1st XI.

During our trip we also enjoyed visits to the capital, St George’s, snorkelling, visiting a 200-hundred-year-old rum distillery and swimming next to a tropical waterfall. Overall, it was an absolutely once in a lifetime experience to visit and play cricket in the Caribbean, and one I simply will never forget.

Alfie Marr-Johnson

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