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   Record national double
St Benedict’s School, London, U14 and U15 cricket teams embarked on an exciting tour to Sri Lanka last month (April). As well as some great cricket played against outstanding teams, the itinerary included unforgettable excursions and an introduction to Sri Lankan culture.
The tour consisted of seven fixtures against Sri Lankan school teams. The most memorable of these was played at the magnificent Galle International Stadium. Fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean, it is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world!
The tour included several fascinating excursions, taking in tea plantations, an elephant sanctuary and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy - one of the most important Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka. In contrast, there was also a city tour of Colombo and a Sri Lankan Culture Show, which reached its climax with fire walking! The boys stayed in three different locations - Kandy, Hikkadua and Mount Lavinia, near Colombo
A highlight of the tour was
an inspiring afternoon at the Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama near Hikkaduwa. The charity, which is supported by the MCC, has transformed the lives
of rural communities in Sri Lanka since the Tsunami of 2004, through providing education and sporting opportunities. After touring the Foundation, and finding out about its work, the boys played football and cricket with a group of happy, talented and very enthusiastic children. St Benedict’s presented the charity with a cheque for £7,000, raised this year by pupils throughout the school. The presentation
was made at the Cricket Café in Colombo, and was attended by Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm bowler in the history of test cricket and great supporter of the Foundation.
St Benedict’s Senior Master, Dicky Thomas, said: “This brilliant tour provided wonderful experiences, and featured three great wins
in challenging and unfamiliar conditions. Congratulations to all the boys who took part!”
Dame Allan’s Schools, Newcastle, continued their excellent success rates in the National Schools Squash Championships as two of their teams were crowned National Champions.
The Under 15 Girls completed a hat-trick by winning their third title in a row and, for the first time, they were joined on the winners’ podium by the Under 19 Girls.
Dame Allan’s Principal, Dr John Hind, said: “Both teams played to
an incredibly high standard and we are so proud of them.
“The future of squash in our school is looking very bright with over
40 young squashlings coming up through the Junior School.
“Our aim next year is to get the boys through to the final stages as we have one of the best young men in the country in Max Forster who is now ranked second nationally at Under 17 level.”
Team spirit, captured forever
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Pictured: Ethan Wetherell (St Benedict’s Cricket Captain); Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm bowler in the history of test cricket; Kushil Gunasekara, Founder of the Foundation of Goodness; Dicky Thomas, St Benedict’s Senior Master
Riders rise to the challenge
Cricketers tour Sri Lanka
  Talented King’s Ely rider Adele Shaw was victorious at this year’s Pony of the Year Show.
Adele, 12, a student at King’s Ely Junior, was the only competitor from a field of 68 riders to go clear in all three rounds with her pony, Manor Pearl.
The King’s Ely Equestrian Team, of which Adele is an avid member, has had and is continuing to enjoy lots of success this season. In March, Adele and three other members of the team – George Hearn, Emily Gredley and Ryan
De Sousa – qualified for the Royal Windsor Horse Show being held this month (May).
Four members of the team – George Hearn, Emily Gredley,
Ellie Grimsey and Katie Cameron
– also competed in the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) Jumping with Style Arena Eventing Qualifiers at Codham Park Equestrian Centre in Essex.
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