The game that was never meant to be

The Johannesburg game was never meant to be…

Team St Helena will leave Johannesburg this weekend without playing a competitive warm-up game on a turf pitch but a lot richer for the experience.

After a seriously hot day yesterday which had many of the team scampering for factor  50, an hour before the coin toss at the Orban Oval, the heavens opened.

Unfortunate – Yes…

Disappointing – Yes…

Educational – Yes…

And today as a team learned that we have no control over the weather.

One of the main purposes of the week’s visit to Johannesburg was to have a few practice sessions on a turf wicket and a couple of warm-up games ahead of the Rwanda Tournament, which the weather made sure was never going to happen.

Of course, there were a few sunny days when outdoor training took place and which the team enjoyed immensely. Both indoor and outdoor nets were available to be used but today was the one final opportunity to have a match against the University of Johannesburg and in the preceding 2 days it all seemed to be going according to plan and the team was up early this morning in preparation for the game that was never to be.

The morning was not a loss, however, but teams bonded and all took part in a coaching session, understanding the difference in our cricketing cultures, bouncing ideas off each other, and inspirational talks from Coach Siya Sibiya before group photos and goodbyes.

Team St Helena tomorrow will have a team bonding day before departure to Rwanda on Sunday

Flooded field after heavy down pours of rain in Joburg

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