New South Wales Police CC Tour | Venatour Groups
As well as offering bespoke tours for schools, Venatour also creates tours for groups to go abroad and welcomes teams to our shores.
During August, we hosted New South Wales Police Cricket Club on their tour to the UK and Ireland; a two-week tour that involved sightseeing around Britain, watching the Ashes, and even playing in an international cricket tournament.
Shortly after arriving to a glorious London summer’s day, the Australian team took a tour around the capital in weather that was probably more akin to Adelaide than England.
During their trip, they had the opportunity of meeting their British counterparts, the City of London Police. After exchanging plenty of cricketing banter, NSW had the opportunity to explore the historic Lord’s cricket ground a few days before their country was due to play the second Ashes Test in an enthralling draw.
The team were then off to enter the cricketing part of the tour at the International Police Twenty20 Cricket Carnival in Worcestershire.
The illustrious event saw teams from all over the world compete in the 20 over form of the game, including sides from Sri Lanka, New York and Toronto.
After beating stiff competition in a tournament that featured a very high standard of cricket, the NSW narrowly missed out on the final after finishing in third place.
After the Carnival had ended with the closing ceremony at Bromsgrove Cricket Club, the team attended Lord’s in a riveting fourth day which saw Australia skittle England’s top order and end the day on 96-4.
The next day, the group flew to Dublin for a three-day excursion that involved sightseeing the Irish capital and playing a fixture against Malahide Cricket Club.
NSW arrived back in England in time for the start of the third Ashes Test at Headingley. In what has now been labelled as one of the greatest cricket matches of all time following Ben Stokes’s final day heroics, the team did get some respite, however, seeing their national side bowl England out for 67 on day two.
After three days of watching Test Match cricket, the tour had finished and NSW were headed back to Australia to return for duty – although, it might be hard to find a worse crime than Joel Wilson’s decision to give Stokes not-out!