On Wednesday 19 June the 1st XI headed off to Kent following a disappointing washed out match against Cranleigh. On arrival in Kent we were consumed by a huge down pour further dampening our spirits and hopes for cricket! Fortunately the following morning broke with brilliant blue skies and sunshine!
Our first fixture was against Sutton Valence School near Leeds Castle. It really felt like they had rolled out the red carpet for us as their hospitality was exceptional. On arrival the boys were allowed to go and swim in their lovely 6 lane indoor pool followed by a tour of parts of the school. An excellent lunch followed before heading over to their picturesque 1st team cricket ground. As we discussed as a group “its doesn’t get better than this”; a stunning venue excellent hosts and dry weather!
As it happened we proved a little strong for the opposition. We won the toss and elected to put SVS into bat. What followed was arguably one of our best bowling performances of the season with all our bowlers turning their arms over and combined with a near faultless fielding display we bowled SVS for 95. Despite a useful opening pair of bowlers our openers set to the task admirably laying the foundations for James C & Sam W to deposit the ball to all parts bringing the game to an abrupt end. On our return to Sevenoaks we enjoyed a really fun team dinner at Pizza Express which proved a highlight of the tour!
On Friday we visited the beautiful school of Yardley Court on the site of the Schools at Somerhill. Once again we were received like royalty and looked after wonderfully. Sadly though the quality of the cricket match that followed did not show the best side of both schools. The intentions and enthusiasm was great but on this occasion the performance did not reflect the boys true ability. Regardless the boys had a lot of fun and we were hugely appreciative of the lads who had travelled from Surrey so early in the morning on Friday in order to play. The final result saw a second win with 87 all out playing 81 all out!
As always tours are wonderful experiences and fun and this was no different. The boys were wonderfully behaved and terrific company and seemed to bond very well. All in the Kent Cricket Tour of 2019 proved a huge success.