Wednesday 13th February: There was great excitement today as our South Africa Tour Party came into school with a mountain of luggage. As the day progressed the excitement in the school became palpable. After a delicious lunch the minibuses were loaded up and the tour party set off for Heathrow Airport. We hope to keep you updated, on a daily basis, on the progress of the party.
Thursday 14th February: We are pleased to report that the tourists have arrived safely. They are now acclimatising – it is very hot! What a fantastic venue for a training session, with Table Mountain and the National Soccer Stadium in the back ground. Roll on the first match!
Friday 15th February: It was a action packed day with the tourists climbing to the top of Table Mountain (actually I think they took the cable car, but climbing sounds more adventurous) before their first match of the tour against Kirstenhof. This was a fantastic game played under lights in the evening, when it is a bit cooler. Lockers Park scored an impressive 170 runs, with Samir hitting an impressive 60. When bowling we used 8 different bowlers. Kirstenhof managed to reach our total in the 25th over. After the match it was quick to bed as they have a very early start in the morning.
Saturday 16th February: It was a tough game today against quality opposition. Lockers Park bowled first and they bowled fantastically. Kenridge were all out for 120. Samir took 4 wickets, Olu 2 and there were single wickets for George, Kyle and Sachin plus a quality run out by Harrison. Unfortunately the batting was tough and an unpredictable bounce and a few mistakes meant we finished all out without challenging the total. Supper was had on the Waterfront and all boys remain in a positive mood despite a very tough start to the tour. Tomorrow the tourists have a day off – seal spotting and relaxing on the beach.
Sunday 17th February: Today was a day off cricket and the tourists went on the Peninsular Tour. They started out at Hout Bay and went on a glass bottomed boat to Seal Island. The sea was quite rough, but they survived, and the boys and staff enjoyed the experience. They then went to Boulders Beach and saw the African Penguins – the only penguin species that breeds in Africa. After a fantastic lunch the boys enjoyed a swim and some games in the sun. They had an early night, in preparation for tomorrow’s game against Pinelands.
Monday 18th February: What an action packed day, starting with a tour of Newlands Staium, used by the South African National side and Cape Cobras. What fantastic facilities! Hopefully one of our tourists will play there for real in the future. There then followed an amazing game of cricket against Pinewood. It all came down to the last ball of the last over. Lockers Park won by 4 runs. Samir scored a magnificent 50 and got 2 wickets. George and Harrison also took 2 wickets, but the moment of the match was an inspirational one handed diving catch by Harry. After a celebratory meal the tourists started packing up for the second stage of the trip – to Hermanus.
Tuesday 19th February: We got to the half way point of the tour and began the journey out of Cape Town to Hermanus. Stopping halfway at the small town of Kleinmond, we went to a fantastic restaurant on the beach and enjoyed playing on the sand. Kleinmond have invested heavily in their cricket and it was great to see equipment previously donated by Lockers Park making a difference. The game finished with a fantastic 43 run victory. Superb batting from Olu 25*, Harrison 20 and George 16 meant a respectable 110 target. Kleinmond were all out for 67 with wickets for Kyle 3, Harrison 2, Toby, Hayden, Sachin and George.
After a short journey to Hermanus we booked into our 2nd hotel and enjoyed an Italian evening meal. With 2 victories in a row Mr Doyle is beginning to get worried having promised the boys to dye his hair blonde if they won 5 in a row after our slow start.
Wednesday 20th February: Another stunning day on the western Cape and a third victory. The day started with a relaxing morning in Hermanus and enjoying the stunning coastal views. After lunch we played a new fixture against Curro Hermanus in a picturesque setting. Lockers batted 1st and scored 90 with Harry B top scoring with 19. The bowling attack completed the job with Hermanus finishing all out for 34. Wickets were taken by Olu 3, Roman 2, Kyle 2 and Samir. There were two great pieces of fielding from Harry and a direct hit from distance from Roman. Just about to celebrate tonight as Mr Doyle takes another step closer to returning to Lockers Park with blonde hair.
Thursday 21st February: It was a good morning at the Caledon Spa with the tourists enjoying some well deserved relaxation before their 6th game of the tour. The boys took full advantage enjoying warm jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and even a cold pool (to help get rid of the lactic acid). The Spa may have worked a little too well as during the game versus Sweet Valley Primary the boys looked asleep! They faced some extremely talented bowling in tough conditions. We finished 56 all out with Harry top scoring with 10. The bowling and fielding was better, but we only managed 2 wickets before the total was reached. Samir and Kyle were the wicket takers and there was a great catch by Harrison. Some tough lessons learnt today about cricket, but it is looking great for the season ahead.
Friday 22nd February: The final game versus Boston Primary was played in very tough conditions with some amazing cricket and a superb spell of fast bowling from their opening bowler. Harry A top scored with 26 in a modest total of 79. This was reached after 12 overs by Boston Primary with only 3 wickets taken by Lockers Park.
After some very welcome refreshments for the boys and the travelling parents we went to a chimp and lion reserve. The chimps were very entertaining and showed us their cricketing skills by filling water bottles up and proceeding to throw that at us. It was feeding time with the lions and great fun to watch. The day finished with supper at the Waterfront at Quay Four and another delicious meal. We have certainly eaten like kings on the trip.
Saturday 23rd February: The tour is now on the last couple of days and all the cricket has been played. Today it was a tour of Robben Island the notorious prison that held Nelson Mandela for so long. The boys learnt some salutory lessons about what life was like for Mr Mandela and the other prisoners who were held on the island. After the tour of the island there was a chance to shop for some last minute presents. This evening, the last night in South Africa, the tourists will have a celebratory meal. (From the Twitter feeds it seems they have eaten rather well!)