The GCC U19 team travelled to the picturesque surroundings of Jersey last August for their annual tour.
To complete the numbers, they were accompanied by Jack Dooley from GRYCC and Ruan Kruger from Winterthur CC.
The accommodation, in an activity centre, was ideal for the travel to the games and was a few minutes walk from Gorey with its bay and castle overlooking the sea and its nearby beaches.
In Jersey everything was close by as it is a small island, although the winding and narrow roads, meant that car journeys were slow.
The standard of cricket on the island is high, because of its close ties to the UK, and for such a small population, very well run and supported.
Although GCC did not manage to win any of their games it was a good learning experience for the team to play against teams with more experience, who play many more games in a season than GCC. The GCC team improved over the week and was most competitive in the last games, which included some of their the best performances.
For the first time ever, Gingins played in its new coloured kit in two white ball games.
John kept wicket in all the games except the first one, when 3 players were stranded in England that day because of fog at Jersey airport. He was consistent and always enthusiastic. He also played an important role as an aggressive batsman in the T20 game against Farmers CC on Wednesday, scoring his 17 at a quick pace.
In the first game on Monday, Sam filled in as a wicket-keeper and did a great job for his first time with with the gloves. He also took a wicket with the first ball he bowled in the last match, ending up with the best bowling average of the tour.
Luca (GCC U15) played in the first two games, contributing by fielding well and bowling some useful overs.
Ruan scored runs and was a successful bowler in most games, such as the first one where he took 3 wickets.
Ale batted consistently and opened the bowling, usually getting the bowling innings off to a good start.
Thomas was nearly always amongst the runs and bowled well, at times against very good batsmen. Floris did a good job as captain and kept calm, often in difficult situations when opposition batsmen were settled.
The game on the final day at FB fields against a Jersey Select 11 saw Aidan and Simon opening and scoring 64 and 45 respectively, the best performance of the tour. Bowling got better throughout the week, with all bowlers successful with wickets and by better controlling the scoring rate of the Jersey batsmen (for example Jack, with his neat leg breaks, and Max with his unusual bowling action, did this particularly well in the final game).
Special thanks to the coaches Rhett, Johan and Scott, and to Sander for the tour organisation.
Brian had arranged gifts of framed professionally-taken team pictures in a Jersey setting, for Rhett and Sander in recognition of the effort they have put in organising and coaching this group of players over the last few years in several overseas tours such as this one.
Commemorative signed bats were also exchanged between all the players to mark possibly the last time this team will all play together due to some moving to universities and colleges abroad.
Thanks to all the accompanying families during these tours, and may the cricket fortunes of all the players flourish in the future!
Best batsman: Aidan, who scored 151 runs, averaging 38, with a highest score of 64. Simon took second place, scoring 88 runs with a highest score of 45.
Best bowler: Ale, with 8 wickets at 18.6, with an economy rate of 5.5. Will took one less wicket, but had a better bowling average of 14.3.
Best fielder: Simon with 5 catches, Max in second place with 3 catches.
Jack Dooley (GRYCC)
Ruan Kruger (Winterthur CC)
Games and highlights:
vs Jersey Select 11 at FB Fields Monday 8th Aug - 40 over game
Jersey Select 11 195-9 (Ruan 3-26)
Lost by 133 runs
vs Jersey U17 at Grainville Tuesday 9th Aug - 50 over game
Jersey U17 323-9 (Will 3-60)
GCC 140 (Aidan 53, Ale 32, Simon 26)
Lost by 183 runs
vs Farmers CC at Farmers Field Wednesday 10th Aug - 20 over game
Farmers CC 173-8
GCC 119 (Floris 24, John 17)
Lost by 54 runs
vs Jersey U17 at Grainville Thursday 11th Aug - 50 over game
GCC 77 a.o.
Jersey U17 81-1
Lost by 9 wickets
vs Jersey Select 11 at FB Fields Friday 12th Aug - 40 over game
Jersey Select 11 251-6
GCC 191-5 (Aidan 64, Simon 45)
Lost by 63 runs