by John Jackson
Galle International Cricket Stadium is one of the most distinctive and famous international cricket venues. Sandwiched between the 17th century Dutch Fort area, the city centre and the Indian Ocean it is a historic and picturesque venue. It was a special place for CPCC to make our debut on a test ground. This area was hard hit by the 2004 tsunami with boats and buses stranded on the ground after the water receded.
17/4/16 Game 5 CPCC v Galle Medicals @ Galle International Cricket Stadium
Captain: Toby Horstead Day Manager: John Jackson
Galle Medicals – 353 in 40 overs (J Jackson 2-8)
CPCC – 4-140 (R Minnett 50, B Ball 44, T Horstead 20) in 27 overs when rained stopped play.
Galle Medicals won the toss and batted. After a few sighters they launched an attacking onslaught. Their left handed opener put on an impressive display of power hitting to all parts of the ground. He was followed by a compact Larry Gomes like left hander who worked the ball to all parts of the ground for a century. The medicos finished on a daunting 353 off 40 overs. Several of the CPCC fielders can truly lay claim to knowing every square inch of the Galle ground. In taking wickets off the last two balls of the innings Jacko can bore people silly with the claim ‘he is on a hat trick’ at Galle.
Rob and Brendo got us off to a bright start but it became apparent the large total was a ‘bridge too far’. A tropical downpour enabled us to escape with an honourable draw.
PS The Australian Team will a play a test at Galle from August 4-8, 2016.
PPS James Price is the tours top beach cricketer after the ‘game’ on the beach at Ahungalla Heritance Hotel.