Forest pupils learn valuable lessons on Sri Lankan cricket tour
PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 April 2013
Forest School cricketers return from successful tour of Sri Lanka
It was a tour they will never forget, an experience they will treasure forever and not just because they were playing cricket in the humid, testing conditions of Sri Lanka.
A group of 17 boys in years nine and 10 at Forest School in Snaresbrook spent two weeks over Easter expanding their experience of playing cricket in a different country, but also expanding their minds.
The cricket, as you would expect, was extremely competitive. They did manage to win two of them, firstly a solid performance against a district side and then a superb run-chase after a long hard session in the field.
As the tour progressed, the boys moved from Kandy in the north to Hikkaduwa in the south near Galle and then north again to the capital Colombo, where the cricket got a lot tougher.
The two games they played there showed why schools in the capital do so well nationally and it proved a real test for the Forest boys.
In all, the squad played seven games, winning two, losing four and having one rained off.
Sam Telling and Michael Batt both scored excellent half centuries, while Jake Miss claimed a hat-trick when he took the final two wickets in game one and followed it up with a wicket with his first in game two.
The tour was capped off in wonderfully humbling fashion as a group of 10 orphans travelled for over six hours on a bus to watch them in their final game against Royal College.
Each had been a victim of the 2004 tsunami or the recent civil war.
Jonathan Kay, the housemaster and English teacher on the tour said. “The boys conducted themselves superbly well both on and off the field.
“It was hot, humid, challenging, educational, humbling, inspirational and ultimately a huge amount of fun.
“The boys were a credit to themselves and to the school and can be proud of themselves.
“Let’s hope now that they take the many things that they have learnt into the coming season, including how to run between the wickets!”
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