During the February half-term, 17 Sixth Form boys from the senior cricket team set off to India.
We arrived in Delhi at 5.00am feeling tired. However, we were straight into the action as we visited a local Sikh Temple in Delhi, where they feed over forty thousand people per day through their community kitchen. After this, we went to India Gate, a war memorial for India’s fallen soldiers, before heading back to our hotel for some much-needed rest before our first match of the tour.
The following day was our first Senior Cricket Team match versus Modern School where we got off to a great start, beating them comprehensively thanks to fifties from Seb Hood and Alex Lowe. Day three brought our second game of the tour versus Young Delhi Sports Academy, a slightly stronger opposition than the first. However, we still managed to win the game, with Owen Preston scoring an unbeaten 95, Charlie Francis scoring 89 and the spinners bowling with good control throughout the game.
The Senior Cricket Team were then able to get some well-deserved relaxation time from the matches as we toured Old Delhi. Here, we visited the largest mosque in India as well as enjoyed a Rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Old Delhi. Also, we visited the Raj Ghat, the cremation ground for Gandhi. Next, we set off on a five-hour journey to Agra, where we stayed for one night, so we could enjoy the amazing experience of the sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal. After this, we set off on another long journey as we transferred to Jaipur, where we would play our final three matches.
Our next opponent was the Sanskar Cricket Academy, who were a step up from our previous opposition, as we suffered two tough losses against them in two T20’s. Our final game versus the Jaipuria Cricket Academy was another challenging game and, although we bowled well -especially Hamish Stigant with figures of 3-11 – our batting could not get us the win. Although losing, it was a great experience to play in different conditions against some top-quality players, helping the team to develop as players.
Our final day saw us visit the Amber Fort, travelling to the Fort by Jeep through the hills, and seeing some Indian elephants on the way up. Then we began our journey back to Delhi, where we enjoyed food from a local restaurant in the evening before getting ready for our flight home in the morning.
Many thanks to Mr Greenall and Mr Gillgrass who organised the tour for us.
Words by Oliver Tsiquaye (U6CR)