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Ok, here is the latest blog...
Welcome to sunny England........NOT!
Howdy folks, after a couple of great days of cricket where both teams managed string victories in all games we travelled to Taunton to see Australia take on Somerset in the first of their tour matches. It was a beautiful warm day and our seats were directly next to the players area so we were able to get up close to all the players from both teams.
After an early wicket (that of former test player Marcus Trescothick) Somerset dominated the Australian attack racking up a mammoth 2/302. We were on the end of a great deal of good natured ribbing and some fantastic singing from the Somerset supporters behind us. However, the best was yet to come because tJames Pattinson and Mitchell Starc ripped through the Somerset batesmen to have them all out for 320. THAT'S RIGHT they lost 8 for 18 in the last hour of play. The boys were ecstatic and were then able to have a chat with James Pattinson and Ed Cowan when they came out for their cool down.
The following day we travelled to Cheltenham for our games against Cheltenham College. Upon arrival we were amazed at the incredible setting for the ground that the First XI would be playing on surrounded by historic buildings and watched over by two enormous chapels. The 1st XI were asked to bowl first and spent 50 overs chasing leather while the Cheltenham College boys put on 320 runs. Unfortunately they weren't able to test themselves as the heavens opened and the rain caused the game to be stopped. The junior boys were playing in a triangular T20 tournament with Cheltenham College and Peponi School from Kenya. Again the rain intervened with Peponi 6/90 chasing Wanderers 117 with 5 overs to spare. A grand stand finish was in store but alas, poor weather was our enemy. The evening was spent in the care of Cheltenham College in their boarding houses. Wonderful hosts.
Today we travelled to Manchester for our first games in Lancashire but again the weather was not our friend. We arrived at Ashton Cricket Club to be met with Australian Flags and a wonderful reception. Despite the poor conditions the 1st XI went out to bat and managed a score of 181 with 67 not out from Matt Hallas, 45 from Jack Raffles and 40 from Adam Jacklin. Before the restart, the rain came tumbling down and the game was abandoned. The 2nd XI travelled to Greenmount Cricket Club but unfortunately were unable to play due to rain. A great deal of fun was had playing modified cricket games in the rain and playing pool and darts in the clubrooms.
Better conditions greeted us at Warrington Cricket Club for a pair of T20 fixtures. After a slow start, the 1st XI managed to put together a competitive 120 with Adam Ison scoring 43 not out, Aaron Collins 28 and Brad Ison 20 not out. After a run out in the first over, Wanderers managed to have Warrington 3/6 in very little time. This meant that the locals were under pressure from the outset and were not able to recover finishing on 67.
The Junior Boys also managed 120 with Charlie Dummer on 42, Iggy Cranfield on 30 and Joel Wood on 18. The best was yet to come from Joel who then went on to take 6/13 and leading the Wanderers to victory. This despite an outstanding performance from Kingsley Hamilton who represented an undermanned Warrington CC taking a wicket and catch and then making 52 with the bat. Warrington finished on 109.
Off to Northampton tomorrow after touring Old Trafford this afternoon.