Sri Lanka Cricket Tour 2019
Twenty-seven pupils have recently returned from Sri Lanka, following another successful cricket tour.
This is the third time King’s has visited the country and our senior squad thoroughly enjoyed, and benefited from, the extended visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi en route to Sri Lanka.
The boys played two excellent matches in Dubai and also took in many of the city’s attractions, including a visit to the 830m-tall Burj Khalifa. The highlight was a 4x4 desert ride followed by a barbecue and camel ride under the stars. The senior development squad then travelled on to Sri Lanka to meet up with our junior development team, who had also been having a great time; they had already played two games as well as having visited a tea plantation and an elephant sanctuary by the time the senior boys arrived.
Over the days that followed, it was time to get down to the serious business of playing cricket. Our teams faced some very strong opposition, in testing and challenging conditions; every minute on the pitch was a personal and team experience for the boys.
A visit to the SOS children’s village, a charity that helps young orphans in Sri Lanka, saw our boys interacting with a number of the children in the Colombo village where they played multiple games of cricket, football and rugby. They found the experience incredibly humbling and were delighted to be able to donate a large amount of fundraising money to this wonderful charity.
Following a trip to Colombo, the teams then headed south to Galle where they played two further matches and also enjoyed a snorkelling safari and a surf day. Their final matches were played at the ‘MCC Foundation of Goodness’ ground, an MCC-funded cricket facility that aims to engage young Sri Lankan children into a sport that still has a number of financial barriers to participation in the country. Both teams playing some excellent cricket, and afterwards the boys were again able to donate some tour funds to the foundation.
On the final night the squad had a presentation evening led by our Head of Cricket Rob Woodman. The usual awards and nominees for best batsman etc., were given out. Our most important award went to Anele Moyo for ‘best tourist’. He was chosen for his positive outlook, humble approach and the fact he always put others first before himself, epitomising the behaviours we expect of a King’s pupil.
The boys tried to avoid talking about how many matches were won or lost – the tour was far more about personal and physical development than victories.
Some of the cricketing highlights included Luke Oldknow smashing a double century, Josh Couch taking four wickets for the seniors’ team (as a Fourth Form pupil), and both Charlie Sharland and James Rew standing out with the bat as youngsters playing in our senior team. Both teams were incredibly well led by the various captains and all individuals showed an excellent level of improvement and understanding about their games and also themselves.
Our girls’ teams will be heading out to Sri Lanka in October. They will no doubt have a fantastic time, and we wish them all the best for their trip.
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970