Two Braybrook students are off on a cricket tour that is the stuff of dreams.
Bol Abiem and Chien Mayoum are going on the Crusaders’ tour of the UK, including 32 matches in 26 days.
The touring squad will play on some of the best grounds in the world, including Lenheim Palace, Robertsbridge, Lord Sheffield’s ground (the origin of the Sheffield Shield), Whitgift School and Lords.
But Chien is looking forward to a different sort of highlight.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the Queen,” Chien said.
“We get to play against the Royal Household at Windsor Castle, so that will be an amazing experience.”
Crusaders Cricket Australia runs various programs and tours to promote cricket.
Chien and Bol, both off-spin bowlers, began their cricketing careers at Sunshine Heights Cricket Club.
Bol said the club had been like a home away from home.
“The club has really good coaches and have really helped us out,” he said. “And with the Crusaders, we’ve had some great opportunities, like coaching from former Australian players and the chance to train weekly at the MCG.
“It’s been a really great opportunity and I can’t wait to be playing in all the different conditions.”
The Crusaders depart Melbourne later this week and return on July 17.