24 February 2016

Somerset College 1st Cricket Team touring Sri Lanka – 16 to 30 March

The Somerset College 1st team will be touring Sri Lanka this year. The current 1st team has had some very good results in their College career. The bulk of the team have played together through the age-groups and many of them have represented Boland at different levels.

The team will be managed by Mr David Hill and coached by Mr Wayne Bosch.

The players going are:
1) Ben Henderson, Captain, Boland U15 and U17. Right hand bat and right-arm medium fast.
2) William Sendin, vice-Captain, Boland U15, U17 and U19. Right hand bat and fast left-arm bowler.
3) Jet Hardie. Right hand bat and right-arm fast medium bowler.
4) Franco Carstens. Right hand bat and left-arm orthodox.
5) Marcus Nel. Right hand opening bat, right-arm medium slow bowler.
6) Matthew Coltman. Right hand opening bat, right-arm medium slow bowler.
7) Michael Burke. Right hand bat and right-arm fast medium bowler.
8) Aidan Cunningham. Right hand bat, right-arm off spin bowler.
9) Charlie Budd. Right hand bat, right-arm leg spin.
10) Vezi Mntungwa. Boland U17 and U19. Right hand top order bat and wicket keeper.
11) Sam Henderson. Boland U15. Right hand bat and right-arm fast medium bowler.
12) Matthew Dave. Right hand bat and right-arm fast medium bowler.
13) Jonny Boxshall-Smith. Right hand bat and right-arm fast medium bowler.
14) Jacques Morris. Right hand bat, right-arm leg spin.

The tour starts in Colombo and moves through Kandy and Galle. Kandy – the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temples, shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.

Galle – This was the most ancient and important harbour of the country, until the Colombo harbour was established. Galle is identified as the Tarshish of the Bible. This was captured by the Portuguese in 1587 A.D, Dutch in 1640 A.D, and British in 1796 A.D.

The Fort of Galle – The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch fort in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord.

Colombo – is the business and commercial centre and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and its development as a major harbour took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city.

The boys may have the privilege of playing on some Test grounds.

We wish the boys well and thank the school for all their support in the tour process.

We look forward to taking on what Sri Lanka has to offer!

Dave Hill