Having played cricket in country Victoria for twenty years I didn’t know what to expect from a Crusader tour. I heard about the Crusaders through a couple of friends who I played against at Bendigo Country Week. From the training sessions to the travelling everything was well organised and once I joined the group everything went really well.
My first match was against the Italian National side who were preparing for the T20 world cup in Division 3 and after two more matches in Italy it was off to England. The group itself was fantastic and I have made lifelong friends from the tour.
Some of the grounds we played at had to be seen to be believed, Arundel Castle was unbelievable and the ground at Prestbury was something you will never see in Australia.
The cricket was exciting and catered for all ages as in some matches I played; we had 14 and 15 year old kids and older players into their 60’s all in the one side.
All of the grounds had their own bit of character with the Eastcote ground having a huge tree 5 meters inside the boundary. We even played a match inside the confines of Windsor Castle against the Royal Household Cricket Club.
If you love cricket then I strongly recommend a Swan Richard’s tour is something you have to do before your playing days pass you by. There were even some fathers and sons on tour making that something they will never forget.
I had the trip of a lifetime and loved every minute of it and would jump at the opportunity to do it all again.
– Todd Gelletly