Dalyellup students return from cricket trip of a lifetime

Ryan Delsing (back), Adam Bilston, Jack Mackay, Sam Jenkinson, Matt Hobic-Hall, James Harbeck, Coach Mike Knuckey, Logan Hay, Shay Maclaren, Gary Quinn,Keagan Schoultz (front), Brandon Mills, Eddie Scown, Ben Alsop, Tour Guide Tony Opatha, Jamie Thompson, Luke Wedderburn, Bradman May and Chris Thompson.
Ryan Delsing (back), Adam Bilston, Jack Mackay, Sam Jenkinson, Matt Hobic-Hall, James Harbeck, Coach Mike Knuckey, Logan Hay, Shay Maclaren, Gary Quinn,Keagan Schoultz (front), Brandon Mills, Eddie Scown, Ben Alsop, Tour Guide Tony Opatha, Jamie Thompson, Luke Wedderburn, Bradman May and Chris Thompson.
James Harbeck, Sam Jenkinson, Adam Bilston, Bradman May and Ben Alsop.

James Harbeck, Sam Jenkinson, Adam Bilston, Bradman May and Ben Alsop.

Keagan Schoultz.

Keagan Schoultz.

James Harbeck, Sam Jenkinson, Adam Bilston, Bradman May and Ben Alsop.

James Harbeck, Sam Jenkinson, Adam Bilston, Bradman May and Ben Alsop.

CRICKET: The Dalyellup College’s cricket academy students have come back from a trip of a life time after spending 17 days in Sri Lanka.

Coach Mike Knuckey said the trip was four years in the making and allowed year 12, 11 and ten students to play cricket overseas.

The team played ten games across the tour and won four.

Knuckey said the weather was a huge challenge for the players as well as trying to adapt to the different grounds.

“The playing conditions favoured spin bowlers and the kids adapted really well – they fought hard and never gave up,” he said.

Knuckey said the trip was an “eye opener” as the students matured as players as well as people.

“The students were able to see what it was like to live in a less wealthy country and they gained cultural experience as well,” he said.

The tour manager was a former Sri Lankan test cricketer and Knuckey said he became a part of the team.

“It was great listening to his experience and he took us to areas affected by the Tsunami and the students got hear firs hand experience of the disaster,” he said.

The goal now for the cricket academy is to nurture the younger players and prepare them for a Sri Lankan tour in two years.

Knuckey said they were always looking for new students to join the group because it was a great opportunity for teenagers to refine their cricket skills as well become a well rounded adult.

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