The Somerset Cricket Board Under 15 squad has just returned from a highly successful 10- day tour of Sri Lanka where they were victorious in all five of their fixtures.
The 14 strong party flew to Colombo where they played their opening two matches before travelling down to Galle for a match. The tour then concluded in Kandy where they played two further games.
Back at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this week Head Coach Greg Kennis said: “It was a brilliant trip from start to finish. Having not been there before we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but from the moment we arrived the logistics of the tour went really well. We were well looked after and from a cricketing point of view the tour certainly exceeded expectations and we ended up winning all five of our games.
“The games got progressively harder and by the time we played the tougher games the boys were playing with a bit of confidence so there were huge positives throughout.”
Talking about what he thought the boys would have taken from the tour Greg said: “It was a tiring tour because they spent quite a lot of time travelling. The heat was pretty intense throughout too and I couldn’t fault the boys with how they coped and didn’t let these things affect their performances. They didn’t drift at all in the field and they worked together really hard as a unit to get through any difficult situations which was a massive cricketing plus.
“Obviously playing in different conditions was something they had to cope with, along with being away from home and spending a lot of time with their team mates without any escape. They had to cope with all of that but they appeared to have a wonderful time and of course winning games always helps!
“There weren’t huge amounts of spin bowlers in the first three games but in the last two the opening bowlers were spin followed by more spin. It was good quality spin too which for me was one of the massive positives of the tour. Before we went we did a lot of work on playing against spin and when we were out there the boys implemented what they’d learned which was really pleasing to see. That just bred more confidence which was a massive tick and something they can carry on into the summer.”
Now they are back what can the Under 15 boys look forward to? “There are now another six weeks when the boys come back into winter training,” said Greg. “Then they’ll be joined by another half a dozen and then the summer squad will be picked from those 20 boys.”
Looking towards the future Greg said: “We have already had meetings about how we can improve on any aspects for next year and whether or not we stay to the same schedule or change to go elsewhere in Sri Lanka and face other challenges!”