England go 1-0 up in Sri Lanka & our inaugural tour cricket match….

This tours feels like it’s been going on forever yet we are only a week into it.

I have s aid this so many times but once again the group in Sri Lanka are a lovely.  Everyone is having a great time, there has been a lot of laughs and the odd beer, many friendships have been formed, and Hoggy and I  have thoroughly enjoyed their company. So far, we have climbed Sigiriya Rock, visited a museum & temple, taken a local village tour which included a canoe trip followed by lunch in a village and an elephant safari which wowed everyone..

After a washed out first ODI, England scratched there way to 278 thanks to Joe Root 71 & Owen Morgan 92 to go 1-0 up and head to the Pallekele International Cricket stadium in Kandy.

We held our inaugural cricket match at Jetwing Lake, against Jetwing staff.  Craig drew the short straw and was the captain, he lead the team with such authority. We were 19 runs after 2 overs!

The team was Harry, Kevin, Robert, Gary, Eric, Keith, Paul, Peter, Chris, Hoggy & Craig. Jetwing batted first and totalled 128 in reply we made a dashing 19. Thanks to Keith’s excellent scoring – giving them a run for every dead ball. All I can say on that is, there must have been a pint in it for him! 3 of us then filled in for the Jetwing side against Howzat, we all took wickets in that match so clearly an improved performance from the first game  where I should have had a wicket but with Paul’s impression of David Seaman it was spilled. Maybe I should have done the some of his bowling?

So as we head for Kandy and nearing the halfway stage it’s time for the Oranges😊

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