Ilkley GS bowled over by South Africa after half-term cricket tour

Wharfedale Observer: The tour party of Nick Day, Jonah D'Arcy, Sam Hill, Connor Bransfield, Ben Cranley, Luke Spauls, Cameron Scott, Duncan Brearley, James Mitchell, Alex Wormall, Charlie Sykes, Daniel Ellis, Charlie Pullan, Joe Wood, Dan Revis, Jai Cant, Sam Fox, Harry Brook The tour party of Nick Day, Jonah D'Arcy, Sam Hill, Connor Bransfield, Ben Cranley, Luke Spauls, Cameron Scott, Duncan Brearley, James Mitchell, Alex Wormall, Charlie Sykes, Daniel Ellis, Charlie Pullan, Joe Wood, Dan Revis, Jai Cant, Sam Fox, Harry Brook

Day One: We managed to bring the English weather with us as .we woke up to a mild, but wet Cape Town. There was No sign of Table Mountain, so we postponed the trip until later in the week.

The team was announced for the first game against Strand High School.

We came second best in the game, losing to a very impressive and well-drilled side. Perhaps the long flight had taken its toll.

Day Two: Saturday was an early start with our host families dropping us off for a 7.30am departure. The sun was back and it was a beautiful day in the Cape, perfect for a trip up Table Mountain.

Day Three: An early departure to Langa Township for a guided round the ‘Langa’ township. Langa is a suburb of Cape Town, it was established in 1927. Langa is one of the many areas in South Africa that were designated for Black Africans before the end of the apartheid era. Following a traditional African lunch, we played a township representative side and recorded our first victory. The highlight was Charlie Sykes making 66 not out.

Day Four: The party checked out of their downtown Cape Town hotel and headed north for the third game against Worcester Gymnasium. We had been informed that this game would really test our skills. At 135-0 things were looking ominous. IGS managed to restrict them to 270-6. In reply IGS showed good resolve but were never up with the run rate and finished on 130. Worcester school are one of the strongest schools in the Western Cape .

Day Five: With Robben Island being re scheduled, we took the opportunity to do some shopping at the Southern Hemispheres largest shopping outlet. After the shopping we headed to Stellenberg High School, another very strong side. Honours were shared with IGS winning the 6 a side game. In the main 35 over game, the opposition proved too strong.

Days Six & Seven: Another early start as the party headed north to Malmesbury and to the Goedgedacht Farm Trust. The Goedgedacht Trust works from a busy community development centre set on a beautiful Cape Dutch farm where the core aim of the Trust is to help farmers and their families escape the perpetual cycles of poverty. The tour party spent the day working on the farm.

Last Day of the Tour: En route back to Cape Town we stopped off at Newlands Cricket Ground to watch a District Match. Our next stop Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held captive. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.

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