During the last Easter half term, 18 students from Year 9 and 10 set off for Dubai on a six-day cricket trip. Over the course of the time there, the boys trained twice and played in five matches against local sides. While also getting the chance to experience activities associated with the local culture.

The fixtures were played at the impressive Ajman cricket facilities, where there were eight side-by-side floodlit ovals. Over the five games played, Eltham won one and lost four, playing against some highly skilled and technical local players. Highlights included a 50 not out from Henry Lines, who finished top run scorer, while Edwards Taylor and Matthew McLoughlin contributed with both runs and wickets. Year 9 students Suhaan Chawla and George Castle influenced games positively too.

Outside of the cricket, students visited the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, while watched the light show at the water fountain. There was time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities, including a beach, pool and jacuzzi. On an afternoon, the students and staff were picked up from the hotel in 4×4 vehicles and driven out into the desert for a safari. This included the opportunity to sandboard and finished with a barbeque and dance show.

All students improved their cricketing skills and awareness which has allowed them to hit the summer cricket programme running. Furthermore, they all had a positive experience, enjoying everything the trip had to offer.