During the May half term break, Mr Stevenson, Mr Turner and Mr Paterson took 12 students to Rotterdam, Holland for a cricket tour. The tour lasted 6 days and consisted of three games against Dutch clubs and numerous training and net sessions in the excellent facilities close to the team's hotel. Whilst in training, the team worked on fielding, bowling and batting and then focused on putting these skills into practice in their games.
The first game against HBS was very close. Greensward were put into bat first and hit 104 off only 15 overs, with Jordan Cannon scoring 34 n.o. The boys fielded and bowled very well, but unfortunately, HBS reached Greensward's total in the last over with their two opening batsmen (both of whom represent Holland). The second game was a 25 over match against Hermes DVS. Greensward bowled first and Hermes were only able to score 119 from their 25 overs. All boys had to bowl a minimum of two overs each and six team members took wickets during the game showing the excellent depth within the squad. Tom Barritt had the best spell taking two wickets for 6 runs in two overs. Greensward started their batting well with Elliot Palmer scoring 18, Jordan Cannon 17 and Billy Linge 23 which culminated in Greensward winning the match.
The boys then had a rest day when they visited the Ajax Arena Football Stadium which is the third best stadium in the world and finished off the day at the Duinrell theme and water park where they all had a great time.
The last game was against HBS who with two Holland international players were a very strong team. They scored 140 runs and although Greensward replied strongly with Richard Nolde scoring 28, they were unable to sustain this and lost the match.
The boys had an excellent time and were able to put their training into practice once more on their return when they beat Fitzwimarc to put them in with a good chance of reaching the district final again this year.
A big thank you to the Co-operative Funeral Care in Hockley who sponsored the tour and provided sweat tops and training t-shirts for the boys.
Mrs Stokes was delighted to receive a letter from Stephen Scott, Director of activ4 school tour specialists saying the following:
“As you are aware your school has recently travelled to Holland and I would like to take this opportunity to point out the excellent impression that was made by your pupils and staff. It is an unusual step to write to a Headteacher but in a climate where the perceived shortcomings of the younger generation are quickly commented upon, it is a pleasure to highlight a notable success.
I would like to pass on my thanks to your Party Leader, Mr Stevenson and accompanying staff, without their energy and commitment your pupils would not have been able to enjoy such a wonderful experience. Their rapport with your students and with our staff in resort was a key factor in the success of the trip and I am sure that your parents and governors would like to join us in thanking your staff for raising the profile of your school and for giving so freely of their time.”