Sri Lanka Cricket Tour 2016
Two talented cricket squads from King's College, Taunton, comprising of county players from all over the UK and representing all five year groups at the senior school, headed off to Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
The 1st XI will be playing some of the top school teams in Sri Lanka and the development team will be playing against their younger counterparts.
This is now the second time in three years that the school has toured Sri Lanka, following a successful pre-season training trip to La Manga, Spain, last year.
The aim of the tour is to test these elite players in a totally different environment, against top class cricketers and try to challenge each player to learn and gain experience from one of the best cricket playing nations in the world.
The squads have been training extensively over the winter months in anticipation of the tour and the season ahead.
Phil Lewis, the Director of Cricket at King’s said: "It is really exciting to be heading out to Sri Lanka again, where we know we are going to face tough opposition in the most wonderful of settings.
“The boys will learn a huge amount out here and I know they feel very privileged to be able to experience a tour like this. Rob Woodman, Ben Phillips, Sam Florey (coaches) and myself are really excited to finally be seeing the boys in action in the middle after some hard graft in the winter nets.”
“We have two really exciting squads with some wonderful players and simply can't wait to see them express themselves.”
Last time the school toured there, the King’s teams won most of their games. However, it is unlikely this will happen again as the teams King's is playing against are amongst the finest in Sri Lanka and they know what's coming this time!
King's is without doubt one of the finest cricket schools in the country and it will be great to see them challenging the best over there. They will be playing at some of the best grounds in Sri Lanka, including the famous Galle Fort Test ground, and have a tight playing schedule, fitting in six matches in eleven days in both Colombo and Galle.
Mr Lewis added: “Last week the 1st XI squad completed a pre-fielding session bleep test to build up some fielding skills under fatigue, in preparation for the tour and their preparations seem to be spot on yet again. We wish them luck for what I am sure will be another hugely enjoyable and successful experience.”