The first XI cricket squad returned victorious from Australia last week, still celebrating their own “Ashes” victory after beating some of the country’s top school sides during an amazing 12 day tour.
The tour opened with two magnificent wins. Not long after landing in Brisbane, the boys beat 2007 Queensland schoolboy cricket champions Maroochydore State High School by two wickets before a brilliant last ball win under the floodlights at Sunshine Coast Grammar School put Stockport Grammar 2-0 up in the series.
In between a day at surf school in Noosa and a trip to the zoo, Australia reduced the deficit to 2- 1. Despite superb displays from Alex Jones, David Wright and Matthew Hughes, Matthew Flinders Anglican College proved too strong for our boys.
The tour continued with a flight to Brisbane, but unfortunately the squad struggled to match the energy levels of the previous games as St Laurence’s College levelled the series at 2-2.
After exploring Brisbane and Gold Coast, Brisbane Boys’ College welcomed the squad for the final game of the tour. Early departures for Murphy, Wright and Marshall made the innings difficult, but Jason Downey’s explosive 43 left Stockport Grammar needing three runs from two balls to win before Henry Barnes’s sensational four saw the players run onto the pitch to celebrate a brilliant win.
After the match, Mr Richard Young, master in charge of 1st XI cricket, said:
To win three out of five matches in ten days, in 30 degree heat and extreme humidity against the highest quality opposition, in what is the middle of the night back in England, is testament to this squad of players and their mental and physical preparation before the tour and conduct during this unprecedented fortnight. Well done, lads!
Three days in Sydney, including boat trips, bike rides and sightseeing, rounded off a memorable tour for the squad before the long flight back to Manchester.