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  • Day3

    Match Report 1 vs. Wynberg High School

    February 12, 2017 in South Africa

    Our first match touring in SA was played at the picturesque Wynberg High School Ground.
    Following a tentative hour where overcast skies and light drizzles ( reminiscent of the climate we'd left behind) threatened to put the game in danger, both sides decided upon a 45 over match. Captain John Oliver's intensive practice tossing a coin paid off when he won it and opted to bowl given the Trent Bridge-esque conditions. The usual pairing of Oliver (9-2-25-2) and left arm quickie Arman Khan (9-1-50-1) opened up with some incisive fast bowling. Despite several half-chances, the duo were unfortunate to have just 3 wickets at the end of their respective spells. However, the introduction of talismanic legspinner Jamie Percival produced three wickets in three consecutive Percival overs, giving Academy a very promising 77-6 on the opposition scoreboard halfway through their innings. Nonetheless, complacency and tiring legs in the field gifted the opposition batsmen with a chance to rebuild with a brilliant 7th wicket partnership. Between them, the two batsmen involved in this partnership scored 117 towards the final total of 201/8 that they went on to reach.
    Despite strong bowling performances from Greg Macmillan (4-0-22-0), Adam McMurray (4-0-16-0) and Ruairidh Russell (5-0-26-1) in an attempt to restrain the opposition, and a wicket to Adnan Iqbal (1-0-9-1), we felt that we had let slip our tight hold on the match. Regardless of the scores though, there were some highlights in the field: Heginbottom and McMurray both made two difficult catches look simple and youngster Sambhav Chadha demonstrated composure above and beyond his years when he took a high catch with great skill. Once again, Fraser Gordon showcase exemplary keeping and picked up two thoroughly deserved stumpings. Overall, spirits were kept high in the field with a lot of noise and applause all round.
    Whilst chasing 202 was never going to be easy in the unfamiliar, tropical South African conditions, a good catch, an unnecessary run out, and a controversial umpiring decision which the umpire himself admitted was wrong left the tourists reeling at 45/8. In general, the situation could have been better read, given the fairly low required run rate of 4.5. However, with experienced Russell and debutant Christopher Holdstock at the crease, we set to rebuild the innings. What followed was simply astounding: a solid and composed knock of 12(39) from Holdstock by a stupendous effort from Ruairidh Russell. With a 360 degrees range of shots and one of the coolest heads I'm the team, he lay the foundations for a monumental 74*(99), brimming with luscious drives and powerful legside shots. The confidence and serenity with which he compiled his innings was an illustration of true grit and determination in difficult times. His 15 boundaries on the huge outfield was equally remarkable. Nevertheless, we went on to lose the game by 68 runs having scored 133/10.
    Whilst the eventual result didn't go our way, it was amazing to witness a true team perform in less than favourable conditions. Those who adapted we'll reaped the benefits and the rest of us can certainly learn from this. Thanks also to Mr Hariharan for what has been a great tour so far, Mr Menzies for some expert photography and Mr Pearce for some intensive but rewarding training.
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  • Day2

    First afternoon

    February 11, 2017 in South Africa

    Having landed in a 35 degrees Celsius Cape Town, we reached our lovely hotel in a comfortable AC bus. After a sumptuous meal at the meat-orientated 'Spur' restaurant, inside the massive complex housing our hotel, we headed for a dip in the pool. Following 3 hours of swimming, football, more swimming, inventive slip fielding drills involving swimming and... more swimming, we're now heading out for a Cheeky Nandos ;) : more photos to follow.Read more

  • Day3

    Thanks to Wynberg

    February 12, 2017 in South Africa

    Thanks are also due to Wynberg High School who were warm, welcoming and accommodative hosts. Indeed, when our 11 batsmen had batted, they let our other 4 also come in. They were all lovely people and were always willing to tell us a bit about their school's heritage: Jacques Kallis.

  • Day5

    Match Report 2

    February 14, 2017 in South Africa

    Yesterday morning we set off for a training session at the South African Cricket High School (SACS) followed by a T20 match against them.
    Following the 3 hour training session which included nets, target bowling, high catches, and fielding in the slip cordon, and after some lunch, we lost the toss and were sent in to field.
    The opposition immediately took the attack to opening bowlers John Oliver (4-0-26-0) and Arman Khan (4-0-50-2). First change Adam McMurray brought things under control with a brilliant 2 over spell: 2-0-15-0. However, the lack of a wicket meant that with the opposition set, they could take on our spinners. Both Jamie Percival (4-0-32-1) and Greg Macmillan (2-0-21-0) were targeted but both set fields to counter this. Nevertheless, with the opposition looking to threaten with a 200+ score, frustration and disappointment set in. Whilst Ruairidh Russell (3-0-29-0) did well to restrict the opposition, and Ross Heginbottom's solitary penultimate over (1-0-9-0) helped make sure that SACS were kept to 188/6, the fielding side looked a bit down after a hard day in the field.
    That is not to say that there were no positives: Fayz Siddiqui impressed behind the stumps with a very solid performance when he finished a run out, and made an amazing direct hit.
    Nonetheless, when Heginbottom and Khan strolled out to the crease, they knew that 190 was more than achievable given the fast outfield and flat track. Heginbottom immediately took the attack to the opposition by striking the ball very cleanly and sending the bowlers to all parts of the ground. However, when he found himself unfortunately run out on 12(8), the innings lost a sense of impetus. Our entire top order struggled and only John Oliver (48(46)) was able to make a score. We finished on 95/6, and lost the match by 93 runs.
    In the end, there were things to be happy about, and things to improve on. In their post-mortems, both Mr Pearce and Mr Hariharan captured it perfectly: we were playing some of the top cricketing schools in an elite cricketing nation. What was important was that we had given both teams a run for their money and moreover, learnt a lot about the game.
    Thanks to both our coaches for their helpful advice and constructive criticism, and to SACS for their warm welcome to us and an invitation to have dinner with him.
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  • Day6

    Robben Island

    February 15, 2017 in South Africa

    After a visit to Table Mountain which we decided to delay for later due to massive queues, we were privileged to see Robben Island. Two guided tours, one from an ex-political prisoner, thoroughly informed us of the history of the island. We also got to see Nelson Mandela's cell during his time at the island. This morning we are returning to Table Mountain and then in the afternoon, we play Bishops School.Read more

  • Day7

    Match Report 3

    February 16, 2017 in South Africa

    In our third match, against Bishops Academy, we were once again privileged to play a 25 over game in the valley of picturesque mountains. Given our last two results, there was some frustration within the team. However, we were determined to put on a strong performance.
    Having won the toss for the first time this tour, captain John Oliver opted to bat on what looked to be a nice wicket to be bat on. Unfortunately, this judgement wasn't entirely true, as openers Heginbottom and Khan not found when they fell to deliveries which stuck in the surface. The rest of the top order fell due to similar reasons, and many dismissals were very soft. The innings finished on 76/10 - courtesy of a brave counter-attacking 15*(22) from Adam McMurray - after 20 overs, and disappointed as we were at being unable to bat the full 25, we were confident our bowling attack could defend the score.
    Captain John Oliver opened with his own seam and swing, but inventively decided to use Percival's lethal leggies to get rid of the opposition top order. Unfortunately, whilst Oliver's tactics and a high intensity in the field threatened to cause an upset for the first 5/6 overs, the opposition comfortably chased the runs with many overs and 9 wickets to spare.
    Overall, it was a tough day in the field and we came out on the wrong issue of the result. That is not to say that there weren't positives in the field. Arman Khan pouched an extremely difficult wicket, diving at midwicket. In addition, fielding had generally improved, but nonetheless, we hope for a better result in our last game vs Newlands XI.
    After the Bishops game, we got to see one of their senior teams face an English county under the lights: a brilliant experience.
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  • Day14

    Kapama Private Game Reserve

    August 13 in South Africa

    Nur eine kurze Autofahrt ist notwendig, um in unser nächstes Camp zu gelangen. Hier erwartet uns eine riesige Überraschung, die uns Vier komplett sprachlos nacht. Das Camp hat uns ein kostenloses Upgrade geschenkt und wir übernachten in zwei grossen luxuriösen Poolvillas und wir werden gepampert von hinten und vorne. Am Nachmittag haben wir dann unseren ersten privaten Family Game Drive. Emma ist unser persönlicher Ranger, die uns gemeinsam mit Adolf, unserem Tracker, den vielen Tieren hier im Resort näher bringen wird in den nächsten zwei Tagen. Unseren Wunsch ein Löwen-Männchen zu sehen, kann sie uns direkt am ersten Abend erfüllen!!Read more

  • Day13

    Kruger Nationalpark

    August 12 in South Africa

    Nach unserem Frühstück gehts ein zweites Mal in den Kruger... heute über das Orpen Gate. Schnell unterschätzt man die Entfernungen und so ein Game Drive dauert länger als geplant. Aber wir erfreuen uns wieder mal an vielen tollen Tieren: Giraffen (wahnsinnig neugierige Tiere), Elefanten, Zebras, Geier, Pumbas, Paviane, Niyalas.. und als Highlights des Tages: ein Leopard mit zwei Jungen, zwei Geparden und zwei Wild Dogs. Wieder mal können wir unser Glück kaum fassen!
    Der Tag geht mit einem mega leckerem Essen am Lagerfeuer zu Ende...
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  • Day15

    Game Drives im Kapama Game Reseve

    August 14 in South Africa

    Der Tag startet mit einem aufregenden Game Drive, bei dem wir auf zwei hungrige Löwen treffen. Aber auch der Schakal, der noch auf unserer Bucketliste steht, wird gefunden! Wir geniessen den Tag an unseren Pools und finden am Sundowner Game Drive das letzte Tier, welches wir gerne noch sehrn wokkten: die Hyäne!

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