Over the Easter break twenty seven boys and five staff went to St. Lucia for the biennial cricket tour. During the twelve days tour, eleven matches were played against local opposition.
We went straight into the cricket with a set of matches on the first day. Although we were all jet lagged we played well in both games and while losing both had a good start to the tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed starting our cricket in the West Indies!
The next day the teams swapped grounds and the 'Gros Islet' team played well once again, while the 'Monchy' team bowled well on a small boundary and limited the opposition well. We required four to win off the last ball thanks to a hundred run partnership from Joseph Akhurst and Charlie Whipple.
After a relaxing day at the beach and by the poolside, we made a visit to the Landings Hotel in the evening to meet Andrew Strauss, former England cricket captain.
The second two days of fixtures produced some fine performances with one team winning on the Wednesday and the other losing off the last ball.
Saturday was one of the best days of the trip for many of the boys! A boat trip on a catamaran down the island brought the chance to swim under a waterfall, have a boiling hot volcanic mudbath and a tour of an estate with a chance to taste cocoa beans and coconut. The highlight of the day was when we went to the volcanic mudbath, with even the teachers having a mudbath as well!
Sunday brought a chance for us to relax after a full on day on the catamaran, with a trip to the beach and Dominoes in the evening on the beach for everyone!
Monday saw our second last set of fixtures with one team playing at the Darren Sammy Stadium (the national stadium of Saint Lucia) and the other at Gros Islet again. Both teams once again completed tough matches very well with Eddie McMillan scoring 51!
On Tuesday both teams went to the Darren Sammy National Stadium. The morning match produced very good cricket and the afternoon match provided a very well earned last win on tour. Both days provided an experience that we will not be forgot.
Wednesday was our second last day in Saint Lucia. In the morning we went to an orphanage to meet the children and hand out clothes to them. There was also an opportunity to play games with them. In the afternoon we went to the beach and enjoyed an inflatable obstacle course.
Thursday was our last day and we went shopping before heading to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK. We arrived back in the UK tired but having had an excellent tour.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed a great tour thanks to the hard work of Mr Eaves, Mr Foster, Mr Akhurst, Mr Doble and Mr Davison. Many thanks also to the parents who accompanied us to support the teams!