Sri Lanka Cricket Tour
October half term saw a number of exciting excursions and adventures for St John’s pupils, none more so than the Sri Lankan Cricket Tour! The ten day trip saw the team of 15, with accompanying staff, jet off to the warmer climate of Sri Lanka.
Before embarking on their trip, the team received messages of support from Nasser Hussain and Joe Root, wishing them well in their fixtures and inspiring them to make the most of every moment of this fantastic experience.
To ensure they were prepared for playing in the humid climate, the team had worked hard in training including wearing bin bags under their kit and playing in a heated sports hall to simulate the conditions they would face. Mr James, Director of Sport, said beforehand: “The conditions will test every ounce of the boys’ resilience and mental strength but it will be worthwhile!” During the tour, the team played at international venues including the P Sara Oval in Colombo. One highlight of the tour was an impressive win against The Foundation of Goodness, a team which had been unbeaten until they played St John’s. The effort put into pre-tour training certainly delivered results, as the team ended the tour having won five of their seven matches.
Mr Hammond, Director of Cricket, commented that the team enjoyed “creating memories that, without doubt, will last a lifetime.” The pupils and staff immersed themselves in Sri Lankan culture during the trip, with excursions which included visiting a local family for a traditional Sri Lankan barbecue. The team also thoroughly enjoyed watching the England vs Sri Lanka T20 International and spending time at a local orphanage coaching under privileged children and donating cricket equipment and clothing.
Throughout their time in Sri Lanka the team represented St John’s well and had experiences they will never forget. The touring party would like to thank everyone involved in making the trip possible and the parents and families who visited to support them on tour.