U19 Blog from Sri Lanka #3
Alex Baum sends us an entertaining blog back from Sri Lanka where the Scotland U19 side have just completed their tour fixtures and are making their way home.
Another morning, and another stinking hot day in Colombo as we headed to our fourth game of the tour. By mutual consent it was agreed we would bat first, and a solid platform was set by the in-form McLean and terrier-like Zander Muir.
The new “all-rounder” Gavin Main chipped in with a useful 40 and a total of 239 seemed more than adequate. The oppositions reply never really got going thanks to some classic seam bowling dismissals (2 batsmen caught down the leg side).
Some resistance was encountered by one of the larger opposition batsmen (nicknamed Burger King by his peers), however, thanks to a maiden Scotland five-wicket haul for the ‘Main man’ the game was never in doubt.
What seemed like the perfect day for Gavin was then ended by a wonderful throw from Haris Aslam. An easy single to third man turned into agony for Gavin when Haris somehow managed to hit him on the knee even though he was lying on the ground!
The next day was eagerly anticipated by all, a trip into the heart of Sri Lanka – this could mean only one thing…ELEPHANTS! A visit to the sanctuary inevitably gave everyone the perfect opportunity to acquire the mandatory presents for relatives and a special highlight was when Craig Wright found out just how large an elephant stool can be when he stepped right on it.
The chance to ride on the back of an elephant does not come around every day. This, however, did not excite Abdul Sabri, the words “I don’t want to ride the horses” summed up the complete bemusement at any local culture he has shown most of the tour.
Following the excursion the previous day it was back to the cricket with a match against a talented Sri Lanka Emerging XI, many of whom had represented the Sri Lanka Under 19 side.
Bowling first, the Sri Lanka Emerging XI got off to a flying start. Nonetheless, a spirited come back from the perennially ill Nicholas Alexander George Farrar and military medium Michael English sparked a comeback enabling Scotland to restrict the opposition to 229.
We thought chasing was always going to be tough on a wearing track and this proved to be true, some ordinary shots combined with some accurate bowling proved too much for us on the day sadly.