Desert Springs, Spain – February 13-22, 2014
Final day wrap-up….
So the Tom Maynard Academy is officially unbeaten, having come through against international opposition – a Spanish XI – by 50 runs at La Manga. Team photo appears alongside this text, with our two opening bowlers – Messrs. Edwards and Carter- sharing something of an intimate moment….
Mattie McKiernan was the Abbey Glass Player of the Match (34 and 2-19 from his eight), and received his prize (which promptly went straight into the kitty for the evening, thus following the script to the letter) from Richard Green at what can only be described as a highly emotional service at Paddy Singh’s after a curry and the Wales/France rugby game.
The last day wasn’t without incident. Mike lost his luggage and ended up impersonating a Big Issue vendor outside his flat waiting for his roomie to return; Harv managed to miss the bus back to the hotel because he’d been caught short, enabling the rest of the bus to witness some proper ‘Cabbie Rage’ as the driver had to turn back to get him; Mattie “Taff” McKiernan was forced to get a hotel maintenance hacksaw to cut his suitcase padlock off because the combination didn’t work; Rich was replaced as twelfth man when he kept forgetting to take the drinks out at the fall of a wicket; Cam and Greg would probably still be waiting in La Manga’s hotel reception had someone not intervened to ask them who they were, one of their roomies having absconded (ding ding*) with the key and not told them; Aaron may still be in the restaurant finishing a pie that was only a few centimetres short of Everestian height; and there were doubtless more well into the evening….
Fantastic bunch of lads. They’ve worked incredibly hard, mixed well, done everything properly, and we at the Trust hope that they will all have gained a lot from the coaches and support staff working with them at the Academy. We look forward to watching their careers develop with keen interest.
* If you haven’t picked this reference up by now, you need to start with blog one and go from there….