Your Local Paper is proud to be associated with the 2018 Barbados Tour squad. Back row, from left: Kieron Knott, Samer Rahma, Wes Hudson, Harvey Cross, Ollie Simpson, Tom Saunderson. Front: Luke Faivelowitz, Jack Hazel, Aaron McAllister, Ryan Hudson, Callum Eke, Charlie Steeles and Joe Taylor. Pictures: IAN WARD.

CRICKET: Preparations continue apace for the West Norfolk Schools cricket tour of Barbados.

The youngsters, from King Edward VII Academy, King’s Lynn Academy, Springwood High, Smithdon High and Downham Market Academy leave on July 18 and have been busy continuing fundraising and preparing themselves for their 10-day adventure in the Caribbean.

The team have played four warm-up games, against Sandringham, Eastbourne College, North Runcton and a ‘Lads v Dads’ game.

Tour operations manager Ross McNeil said: “We started the fundraising journey, nearly three years ago, and set an aspirational target of £5,000. We have smashed this target and, because of all the team’s hard work and supportive parents and friends, we have been able to invest in more better quality tour kit and fantastic embroidery, more cricket games when we are in Barbados, coach transfers and an extra excursion.”

McNeil thanked all the sponsors and companies who have made generous donations or given raffle prizes. 

“At a time when society seems full of doom and gloom, it’s heart-warming to know we have had such kind support from a variety of different businesses and people in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. Thank you all for making a difference to these lads.
You’re amazing!”

McNeil also thanked parents and friends, who had supported an extensive range of fundraising events, which included a quiz, race night, dinner evening with England’s James Tredwell and bingo.

Mentioned by name were the five main sponsors plus: KL Technologies, Middleton Aggregates, North Runcton CC, Castle Rising CC, George Goddard Ltd, Middleton Aggregates, KVT Business Care, Jade Finance, Complete Garage Doors and PIL Membranes.

λ Follow the build-up to the tour and find out how the team are doing when they get to Barbados in
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