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The St John’s U15 cricket squad travelled to Dubai over Easter to take part in the prestigious Arch Cup. The annual competition is held at both U15 and U19 age groups and attracts some of the leading independent schools every year.
The trip proved to be a huge success both on and off the field for the St John’s team as they came second in their group which consisted of Eton College, ICC Warriors and Dubai High School. Highlight of the week was the victory against Eton College under lights in a game that can only be described as epic. St John’s played brilliantly throughout the game and came out on top by one run in a match the umpires described as ‘fitting for the final’.
Although St John’s finished second in their group, they did end up as the highest ranked English school in the competition, which considering the other schools that were involved is a fantastic achievement.
Away from the cricket, the boys were given a guided tour around The Grand Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, visited Wild Wadi Waterpark and enjoyed an afternoon of desert safari followed by a BBQ and belly dancing show as the sun set.
Head of Cricket at St John’s David Hammond commented: “This trip should act as the perfect preparation for what is going to be a very busy summer of cricket for the U15 squad. My thanks go to Mr Hicks for his help and support during the week and to the boys who represented the school so well.”
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