The Myerscough College Cricket Academy has set the tone for this week’s Ashes first Test after whitewashing their Australian counterparts in a tournament in Guernsey.
The squad has just returned from the Channel Islands following a week long tour which saw them win all three matches against their Aussie rivals from Melbourne Grammar School.
The event was part a series of events at Elizabeth College, in Guernsey, which is celebrating its 450th anniversary this year.
Myerscough College took part in a round-robin, 50-over one day competition with Melbourne Grammar, who also entered a development side into the tournament, and Elizabeth College as hosts.
After a convincing 62-run win against Elizabeth College on the opening day, the Myerscough Cricket Academy enjoyed a hat-trick of wins against their counterparts from Down Under.
The first match was a tense affair, with Myerscough coming through by two wickets after Melbourne set them a target of 206 from 50 overs.
The following day saw a more convincing nine-wicket victory against the Australian school’s development squad, before the tournament ended with a T20 finals day.
This saw Myerscough complete the Aussie whitewash with a 26-run victory over Melbourne, before, perhaps fittingly, narrowly losing out to hosts Elizabeth College in the grand final.
Chris Pinkett, head of Sport at Myerscough, said: “Myerscough College Cricket Development Centre is one of a number that we operate for our students. Our philosophy is all about providing a unique high quality academic and player development pathway that enables students to be successful whilst at the college.
“The college has had excellent success to date with our cricket teams and a number of our past students are now professional cricketers at county level.
“It is fantastic that we had the opportunity to compete in this prestigious tournament and play challenging fixtures with teams from the other side of the world. The students will have gained great experiences from the week.”