NSB Grenada Cricket Tour 2016
Over the Easter break, fourteen boys from Years 9 and 10 were excited in their preparations for a trip-of-a-lifetime to travel to Grenada on cricket tour. This tour gave the boys the opportunity to not just develop their cricketing skills, but also provide a range of cultural experiences not often accessible to students in the UK.
The boys played games in the National Stadium, attended the CARIFTA Games, hiked through the countryside and cooled down in refreshing waters. Although ultimately returning with two wins and three defeats, the boys can consider themselves to have been very successful in many respects.
From a cricketing perspective, the boys had an opportunity to ‘kick-start’ their domestic seasons with a full and thorough workout from some top Caribbean talent. Impressive performances with both bat and ball stand the boys in good stead for the coming season. A typical ‘big hitting’ innings from Tyler Mills saw him fall just short of a tour century, with Amrit Basra and George Edmonds both producing mature innings with the bat. A number of bowlers contributed, notably 5-wicket hauls for Ryan Roberts and Amrit Basra, though the bowlers worked exceptionally in partnerships.
The boys were given a great degree of freedom to develop as individuals, and leadership skills were identified and developed throughout the tour. Both in managing their travel requirements and their punctuality throughout the tour, the boys worked together and matured as the trip progressed. This was particularly pleasing when combined with the engagement the boys demonstrated in various cultural opportunities, ranging from nature hikes, exploring the history of Grenada, and experimenting with local cuisine.
The boys deserve great credit for the way they represented the school and themselves. From preparatory fundraising activities, days of travel and attitudes when in Grenada, the behaviour of the boys was exceptional, and therefore made for a fun, enjoyable trip. This was echoed by Steve Mahon (from the Grenada Ministry of Sport) who was mightily impressed with our competitive yet sportsmanlike approach to cricket, inviting us back at our earliest opportunity.
J Marshall – U15 Cricket Coach