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Cricket Tour Report - Update 1

19 February 2013

South Africa Cricket Tour - update 1

We arrived in Durban and enjoyed a superb few days at both Clifton Prep and Laddsworth Primary. The boys spent time at the beach on the first afternoon before our first game against our friends from Clifton the next morning. After fielding in the heat for 49 overs, with the opposition amassing 221-2, our batsmen were never able to cope with the quality lines and lengths being bowled by the talented South African youngsters. We were all out for a meagre 54. It was certainly a fierce reminder to all the boys about the quality of cricket they would have to compete with.

As usual, Mr Mezher, and all the Clifton staff looked after us extremely well and we enjoyed two superb nights of hospitality. Many jokes were shared and many memories were relived; the Caldicott & Clifton connection is as strong as ever and we are certainly looking forward to their next visit in July.

The next day we went to Hilton to play our 2nd game against Laddsworth Primary school. It was a beautiful setting and we received another lovely welcome by their staff and parents. The game was a tight affair and one which we looked favourites to win before an enormous thunderstorm set in. We had managed 92-9 in 25 overs and the opposition were 24-2 off 11 overs before the match was abandoned as a draw. We enjoyed a superb braai and it was a pleasure to see old Caldicott staff and friends Mr and Mrs Snyman and young Bella. It was a lovely day and we all said we hoped to return to Laddsworth school in the near future.

Early on the Saturday morning we flew to Cape Town for a couple of days sightseeing before the next instalment of matches. We managed to fit in a couple of hours at Newlands watching the 3rd day of the South Africa vs Pakistan test match. It was a glorious afternoon, the boys loved it and Mr Barry was waxing lyrical about his first ever live match at the beautiful ground. We went to Robben Island on Sunday, the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders beach on Monday before heading to Western Province Prep School (WPPS) on Monday afternoon.

It was great to see Mr and Mrs Wells at WPPS. Our ex Head of Maths umpired our game and was on typically good form all day. Mr Skeeles, one of our first gap students, now deputy head at WPPS, was also present. The game was another tough one for Caldicott although noticeable improvement had been made since Day 1. They batted first and amassed 193-5 off 35 overs. In reply we reached 110-9 off 35 overs which was a pleasing performance overall, but again our batmen still had a lot to learn from their South African counterparts. A. Ferreira (40) and S. Tallis (11) both batted well to put on 50 odd together, which was a good partnership considering the bowling on show. We were most certainly second best, but it was pleasing progress nonetheless.

Today we set off for Franschhoek and enjoyed an exceptional lunch in a Spur steakhouse in Stellenbosch. We play Bridge House school on Wednesday morning, another South African school whom we have strong ties with. We visited them in 2008 before they came and played us at Caldicott in 2009.