by John Jackson
Kandy is 115 KM from Colombo by road and 500 m higher in elevation. After a 5 hour road journey in a maze of tuk tuks and government buses ‘screaming down the non-existent third lane’ we arrived in Kandy at the height of Buddhist New Year’s celebrations. The oppressive heat of the coast was also present along with fireworks and thunderstorms.
We were disappointed not to be playing at the old test ground Asgirya but the Peradeniya Uni ground was in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills with flowering trees and 5 ‘tennis ball’ cricket games. Ironically two teams from the northern beaches played on four successive days at Peradeniya with St Augustine’s Brookvale following us.
14/4/16 Game 3 CPCC v Old Zahirians @ Peradeniya Uni Ground
Captain: Andrew Cameron
Day Manager: Andrew Davis
CPCC 168 in 39 overs (R Minnett 28, T Horstead 29, J Jackson 21, D Wheeler 21)
Old Zahirians 3-170 in 25 overs
After a promising opening partnership of 58 between Rob and Toby on a good batting wicket the CPCC innings faltered to be bowled out in 39 overs well short of a par total. The Old Zahirians middle order took their team to a comfortable winning run chase. Pricey had a strong all round game with 17 runs and 1-18.
15/4/16 Game 4 CPCC v Kotmale CC @ Peradeniya Uni Ground
Captain: Anthony Papandrea
Day Manager: Dom Wheeler
Kotmale 196 in 36 overs (J Price 2-23, D Bennetts 3-24, S Albanese 2-15)
CPCC 161 in 35 overs (A Papandrea 66)
Despite good bowling spells from Pricey, David and Albo, Kotmale batted aggressively to proceed to a very competitive score. A ‘lone hand’ from skipper Paps gave us a chance of sneaking a victory but it was not to be.