Marlborough College Cricket Tour to Barbados
8th – 19th February 2017
After plenty of training, preparation, team meetings and extensive t-shirt sales, the squad of 15 players and three staff left for Barbados on Wednesday 8th February for ten days which would see an intensive spell of seven fixtures as well as opportunities to enjoy the Caribbean culture and warm weather.
Squad: Harry Brooks (TU Hu), Milo Brooks (B1 L6), Arthur Clark (C1 L6), Will Cook (SU Hu), Dominic Coulson (C1 L6), Jim Crossland (C1 U6), Will Davies (C3 U6), Freddie Hazlitt (C1 Hu), Jamie Hodgskin (BH L6), Orlando Mace (B1 Hu), Billy Mead (C1 U6), Max Read (TU U6), Elijah Samuel (LI U6), Jack Thistlethwayte (C3 L6) & David West (TU U6). MPLB, MWA & GDML.
We were joined by a number of parents who were present for most of the matches and between them they organised a BBQ for all touring players, staff and parents at St Lawrence Gap on the Tuesday evening after the match against Harrison College.
Away from playing the touring party visited the Legends of Barbados Cricket Museum and watched some of Barbados v Jamaica at the Kensington Oval Ground. There were also excursions on an Island Safari, where we visited landmarks around the Island, and a Catamaran Cruise up the west coast. These were enjoyable days out and an important chance to get away from the pressures of the cricket and sample the relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. We also spent evenings at the Harbour Lights Beach Club and Oistin’s Fish Restaurant. Barbados provided a great blend of cricket enhancement and fun.
We were privileged to play two T20 matches, including one under floodlights, at the 3 Ws Oval at the University of West Indies (regarded as the second best ground in Barbados) and were hosted well by the other clubs and schools we played at – Briar Hall, Police Sports Ground, Wanderers CC, Lodge School and the Empire Sports Club. The touring squad also have the honour of meeting two former West Indian greats Gordon Greenidge and Sir Garfield Sobers.
The team secured five wins out of the seven matches. The matches were evenly pitched – so much so that three of the five victories were close and exciting matches and required us to dig deep in order to get over the line. Despite the two losses, we felt that we could have won both games if we had performed to our potential under pressure during the key moments. There is still plenty to work on for the season in all three disciplines. However, the opportunity to bond as a squad, play and practice together and develop important camaraderie was very beneficial.
Master in Charge, Cricket
P: 7; W: 5; D: 0; L: 2
v Coleridge & Parry (T20) – 10/2/2017 at 3 Ws Oval UWI
Marlborough 145 for 4 off 20 overs (Samuel 73, Read 25)
Coleridge & Parry 111 for 6 off 20 overs (Mead 3/12, Hazlitt 1/10, Clark 1/12, West 1/24)
Won by 34 runs
v Queen’s College (T20 – Floodlit) – 10/2/2017 at 3 Ws Oval UWI
Queen’s 104 all out off 20 overs (Crossland 2/25, Mace 2/25, Mead 1/10, Hazlitt 1/14, West 1/15)
Marlborough 105 for 8 off 19.2 overs (Samuel 31, Read 17)
Won by 2 wickets
v Wanderers CC (35 Overs) – 12/2/2017 at Briar Hall
Wanderers 185 for 6 off 35 overs (Clark 2/33, Davies 1/18, Mace 1/24, Crossland 1/41)
Marlborough 113 all out off 24.2 overs (Read 29, Samuel 24, M Brooks 19)
Lost by 72 runs
v Graydon & Sealy (30 Overs) – 13/2/2017 at Police Sports Ground
Marlborough 126 all out off 28.2 overs (Mead 43, Read 23)
Graydon & Sealy 57 all out off 16.4 overs (Crossland 3/19, Hazlitt 3/11, H Brooks 2/2, Clark 1/27)
Won by 69 runs
v Harrison College (35 Overs) – 14/2/2017 at Wanderers CC
Marlborough 199 for 8 off 35 overs (Mead 80, Samuel 46, Hodgskin 23)
Harrison 198 all out off 34.4 overs (H Brooks 2/28, West 2/49, Samuel 1/1, Mace 1/26, Davies 1/33)
Won by 1 run
v Lodge School (30 Overs) – 16/2/2017 at Lodge School
Lodge 194 for 9 off 30 overs (Davies 4/30 including hat trick, West 2/22, Hazlitt 2/27, Samuel 1/21, West 3 catches)
Marlborough 195 for 6 off 28.1 overs (Mead 60, Read 49, West 24*, M Brooks 17)
Won by 4 wickets
v St Leonard’s School (35 Overs) – 17/2/2017 at Empire CC
St Leonard’s 238 for 5 off 35 overs (West 2/25, Mead1/33, Crossland 1/40, Davies 1/45)
Marlborough 202 all out off 32.4 overs (Coulson 42, Davies 42, Read 35, Hazlitt 23, Mead 23)
Lost by 36 runs