After months of preparation and training, the St Helena Cricket team set off for South Africa on Tuesday 10 April.
Led by captain Dax Richards and vice captain Gavin George, the team assembled in the Mule Yard that morning at 8am, along with their friends, family and members of the public who turned up to wish them well.
Governor Mark Capes was among the supporters seeing the team off, he told SHBC, “not only do we have our team going away to play at international level, which is marvellous and great for their team building and experience, but also they’re going to be spreading the name St Helena, and each one of them will be an ambassador for St Helena, so whatever happens in terms of the outcome, it’s going to be a win, win for St Helena to have our team out there putting our name in the international arena”.
After group photos had been taken and last minute interviews completed, the team made their way down the wharf, through emigration and then out to the RMS St Helena.
As the team were settling into their cabins and finding their way around the ship’s officers told SHBC they were already planning the traditional sun deck cricket match that takes place during the voyage and looking forward to taking on the Island team.
The St Helena will arrive in Capetown on Sunday 15 April.