On 2 April 2016, Merensky’s first cricket boys, accompanied by their coach, Mr Pieter van der Merwe, and his wife Magriet, together with Mr Joubert Fourie boarded the plane to India for a tour never to be forgotten. After the initial disappointment of lost luggage on their arrival in Delhi, the boys were in awe of the Indian culture and the “no rules” traffic.
Their first taste of Indian opposition came on day three when they played against Delhi Public School (DPS) RK Puram. The Plasie boys were chomping at the bit, and kicked their tour off with a bang by comprehensively defeating their opposition. Timothy Elphinstone was awarded man of the match for his performance.
With tired, zombie-like bodies, the boys took on DPS Aligarh on day 4 of the tour. After a heart-warming welcome by the principal, the Plasies showed true fighting spirit to only just go down against tough opposition spurred on by their fellow scholars.
The boys then had to muster up as much energy as they could for their third consecutive game on day 5 of the tour. Despite being extremely jet lagged, the Plasies managed to shrug off the opposition, with a man of the match performance by Salmaan Ishani.
On a relaxing day off, they visited the breath-taking Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra. They then faced a gruelling 5 hour drive to Jaipur.
On day 7 they faced off against Jashree Periwal International School where they put up a strong fight but were unable to stop their opponents from narrowly taking the game. They then faced Subodh Public School in their last match. They were yet again showed great hospitality and unfortunately just lost out against fiery opposition with a strong home advantage.
Their last day in India featured plenty of sightseeing which included the Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the City Palace Complex in Jaipur. They even had the honour of experiencing an elephant ride in the Elephant Village in Jaipur. What followed was yet another 5 hour drive, this time back to Delhi for their final night abroad.
Weary to the bone, but excited beyond measure, they boarded for the long flight to home sweet home.