Published: 18th April, 2019
Surrey’s Elite Performance Group have enjoyed a victorious conclusion to their tour of Sri Lanka, with wins for both the U17s and U15s against strong opposition.
The U17s played a two day game against St. Anthony’s College, who won the toss and batted first, only to be dismiss for just 122 with Trishan Patel (4/46), Aneesh Jhalla (2/11) and Sean Hunt (2/19) all amongst the wickets.
Surrey then played intelligently to secure a strong position at the end of the first day, with George Ealham (58*) leading the way as they ended the day on 99/3.
Although Ealham was dismissed early on the second morning, Nathan Barnwell (42) and Thomas Lawes (30) added 51 to push Surrey along to 192, a lead of 70 on the first innings.
The bowlers then returned an even more successful outing in the second innings with Patel (4/32) finishing with match figures of 8/78 and Barnwell (2/17) and Lawes (2/24) also contributing with the ball.
Requiring just 31 for the victory, Surrey cruised to a nine wicket win, George Roberts hitting 14* in the process.
Whilst the U17s were engaged in their two day match, the U15s ended their tour with back to back One Day games against De Mazenod College and Bendagarama Academy.
The first game saw De Mazenod dismissed for a competitive total of 216 with Surrey chasing hard to win the game by two wickets and U14 batsman Cameron Ellis (101) hitting a memorable ton, assisted in his work by Sam Baldwin (51).
Surrey batted first in the next game and their prospects of a victorious ending were not looking good when they were dismissed for 136, James Weir (32) and U13 batsman Oliver Pascal (28) providing the most resistance.
However, inspired by 4/11 from Moiz Rana, Surrey rolled out their hosts for 108, recording a 28 run victory and giving the side the perfect platform from which to build during the upcoming English summer.