Cricket Academy Students Head To Sri Lanka
Eighteen BACA and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy sixth-formers from the Aldridge Cricket Academy are flying out to Sri Lanka today for a six-game 9 day tour of the country.
This is the third overseas tour the academy has undertaken, following trips to South Africa in 2015 and the United Arab Emirates in 2017. After acclimatising the tour kicks off with a 40 overs-a-side game against local Stafford International School at a test match ground in Colombo. After two T20 games against the Prince of Wales College the party then travels on to Galle to play three over 40 over games. The first of these will be against The Foundation of Goodness, a Sri Lankan charity established to empower the less privileged rural communities. On the day before that game our students will visit the Foundation and help support their community development project.
The trip will also include a visit to a turtle hatchery and the Tsunami Museum.
As well as contributing directly to the costs of the tour, players have been raising money through events, online raffles and getting sponsorship from local businesses. The squad is drawn from both BACA and PACA students and includes right-hand bat and medium-fast bowler Dilshan De Silva, who was born in Sri Lanka, and wicket keeper Ariana Dowse, ensuring that the strength of women's cricket at the academy is well represented on the tour. The players will be accompanied by Cricket Director Alexia Walker, Strength and Conditioning Coach David Mcilwaine, and former Sussex CCC player and tour ambassador John Spencer.
You can follow how the squad get on via their twitter feed @Aldridge_CA