25 Oct 2017
Tour Awards & Final Report

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2017 Sri Lanka Tour Awards:-

Best Batter - Vinosh Jegatheesan Y12 - 122 runs at ave of 25, Top score on tour of 69.

Best Fielder - Aril Pandya Y13 - More dismissals than anyone 5 (3 Catches & 2 Stumpings). When not keeping gave his all in the outfield. Runs saved added to runs scored makes him a very valuable cricketer.

Best Spinner - Saihaj Singh Y10 - Leading wicket taker with 8 at strike rate of 18.

Best Seamer - Joseph Granger Y10 - 4 wickets at a strike rate of 32. Bowled very effective spells that changed games.

Best All-Rounder - Arjun Parmar Y11 - 5th in bowling stats, 7th in the batting stats and only one other player is ahead of him in both categories, amazing fielder and very competitive.

Most Improved Cricketer - Harry Cobb Y12 - Improved in all aspects, bat, ball and fielding. 102 runs at 26, 6 sixes, econ rate of 2 runs per over, trained as hard as anyone to become as effective as possible.

Best Tourist - Nikhil Chavda Y13 - The most fiercely contested award with plenty of worthy candidates. on the field he has taken 3 outstanding catches, made diving stops, joint 3rd in the bowling stats with 6 wickets. Off the field no one has carried more drinks out, written more reports, written the best reports. For every second of this tour he has been totally selfless.

Tour MVP - Naresh Rasakulasuriar Y13 - Leading run scorer with 161 runs, joint 3rd leading wicket taker with 6 Wickets, 2nd most fielding dismissals with 4 catches, winning captain at the Practice Match, Seenigama and P Sara Stadium.

2017 Tour results

Played 7 Won 4 Lost 2 Drew 1

Sri Lanka Tour (13th – 25th October 2017)

Seventeen of our top cricketers, accompanied by Messrs Charlwood, Hewitt and Kerry (not to mention the contingent of travelling parents), spent the October half term experiencing the delights of Sri Lanka. The 12-day tour took in the cities of Kandy, Galle and Colombo, six matches (four at Test grounds) against local opposition (Sri Lankan schools’ cricket is arguably the strongest in the world), an internal practice game and several excursions, including visits to the elephants at Pinnawala and a turtle sanctuary.

As for the cricket, after a narrow defeat in the opening match of the tour against St Anthony’s College at Pallekele, the new international stadium in Kandy, and the abandonment after torrential rain of the second game against Vidyartha College at Asgiriya (the old Test ground), Habs won three of the remaining four games, including a second successive victory against Richmond College (we also defeated them on the 2015 tour) at Galle. Only a strong St Peter’s College (Colombo) side outclassed us as most of the tour party became accustomed to the hot and humid conditions and put in some excellent performances with both bat and ball.

The highlight of the tour was undoubtedly the last ball victory against Southern Academy at the Sri Sumangala MCC Lord’s Ground near Hikkaduwa, one of two new grounds constructed after the 2004 tsunami which devastated the region. After restricting the opposition to 212 for 8 in 40 overs, a superb partnership between Vinosh Jegatheesan and Naresh Rasakulasuriar gave us hope, but Habs still required 14 runs off the last over. A single off the first ball followed by a run-out left us needing 12 off 4 balls. Taif Choudhury then hit a ‘six’ and a ‘four’ before scampering a single off the penultimate delivery. With 2 runs still needed off the final delivery, new batsman Saihaj Singh managed to get his bat on the ball and see it race away to the boundary, amid euphoric scenes!

Many thanks must go to Tour Organiser Dan Kerry for what can only be described as the ‘trip of a lifetime’.

Stephen Charlwood

October 2017