On Friday the boys travelled to Ellerton cricket ground, towards the north of this beautiful island.
Unfortunately the wicket was not ready for us and the start was delayed due to a large rain storm prior to our arrival. We amused ourselves with our own version of cricket and went to meet some of the local Rastafari at the nearby store.
Once the pitch was deemed dry enough to play, Mr Stewart was asked by the groundsman whether we would like to play off 22 yards or 20? He replied "20, 22 yards is for adults." It wasn't long before the opposition coach returned to explain to Mr Stewart that " one of our guys is a bit gassy, we play off 22, you need the extra yards!" Oh dear we were thinking, don't tell the boys!!
We batted first and made a decent start, with our new opening partnership of Toby and Henry T, until Henry was run out after having a little snooze before running. Ludo came to the crease and we were hoping these two would see out most of their bowling. Unfortunately Toby fell soon after, Angus arrived and was bewildered time and time again by the talented leg spinner before holing out to point. We started to fear the worst, then Jack came in and steadied the ship.
Ludo and Jack batted superbly, Ludo smashing 66 runs not out to take his total runs on tour to 100 (making his average 100 on tour, look out Sir Garfield). Jack eventually lost his wicket bringing in skipper Max. We were hoping to make the most of our last few overs and really set a commanding total, but we struggled to get the imperious Ludo back on strike and finished on 132.
Their opening batsmen were composed and patient, they batted out the opening 8-9 overs with ease; although we managed to restrict the run rate with some excellent fielding. Max came in and took two wickets in two balls and the game changed. Momentum swung towards us - temporarily!
The next man in must have been Chris Gayles son, he was a mountain of a boy. We had to find other bowlers to complete our overs, Louis was the unfortunate soul who had to bowl to this hitting machine. In one over, he changed the outlook of the game, we were now under pressure.
To cut a long story short, they needed 14 runs off the last 2 overs, Ludo came back into the attack and bowled a couple of wides, we were rocking. Our fielders were confused by constantly being pulled in for one batsman and pushed out for the other. Jack P bowled the final over, a lot of pressure on a year 7 boy. They needed only 5!
What an over, two wickets and we managed to keep the big guy off strike for much of it. The final delivery! He needed a boundary to win and 3 to draw. Jack steamed in, a swing and a miss!
What a game, what a result against a select XI, by far the best team we've faced this week. The boys were fantastic!
We cant wait for the final game today, although as we write this, it is raining, hard!