Seaford’s cricket team went on tour to sunny Barbados over February half term. The cricket tour stayed at the Butterfly Beach Hotel, and played several matches against local teams. Tony Phillips, who accompanied the tour, sent us the following tour diary with all the highlights from the team’s visit.
We bring you news of a tremendous victory in our first match. Batting first on a difficult wicket, Seaford posted a respectable 141 against Lester Vaughan School. The innings was held together by significant contributions from James White and Alex Hodgson. In reply our opposition struggled against some impressive Seaford bowling. Captain Ronny Harrison destroyed the upper order by taking 3 wickets in his second over. They never really recovered from the Harrison spell and were eventually dismissed for 100 giving Seaford a victory by 41 runs. In the evening the team went to Oistens to help Mr Nick Harrison (Ronn’ys father) celebrate his 50th birthday.
Our second match of the tour provided us with a much sterner test. Batting first, the Barbados Select XI were well on the way to posting an imposing score at 95-0 after 15 overs. However, despite the intense heat of the Barbados sun Seaford fought back to restrict the opposition to 212 all out. In reply and suffering from the effects of heat fatigue, Seaford struggled to a total of 108. Hopefully in our next day match we will be able to bat first. Also it is evident that the boys are making good progress with regard to their skill levels.
After the match we were treated to a delicious BBQ before returning to our hotel.
The tourists had a restful day at the beach before departing for their evening floodlit twenty20 fixture with the Wanderers CC. Seaford batted first and posted a competitive total of 131-9. Once again James White was the pick of the batsmen, with a useful knock also coming from the bat of Will Jefferies. At 60-4, Wanderers appeared to be in trouble but recovered to win by 3 wickets in the 18th over.
No cricket today and therefore most of the tour relaxed by the hotel pool. Dan Joseph, however, took a group for a round of golf.
Our 4th match against Lodge School produced a disappointing result. Seaford batted first in the 40 over match on an excellent wicket. Seaford progressed to 116-4 largely through the efforts of Ronny Harrison (42) and Jack Shaw Pethers (38). However, there was then a collapse and we were dismissed for only 135.
The opposing side never looked in any trouble when chasing down our total and eventually won by 7 wickets.
Today we visited the Cricket Legends Museum in Bridgetown and this was followed by a tour of the Kensington Oval stadium, which is the venue for test matches in Barbados. In the evening we took on a Select XI in a Twenty20 match. Seaford were defeated by a very talented side.
No cricket today. Went swimming with turtles!
The last match of the tour was against Combermere School who represented the toughest opposition of the tour. With the help of a confident knock of 53 by Beck Hemingway, Seaford looked to be on the way to posting a competitive total. However, once again there was a batting collapse and we finished up on 157. At 54-3 the hosts appeared to be in some trouble, but they recovered to win the match by 6 wickets.