Union High School vs Paul Roos Gimnasium (Declaration)
Paul Roos won the toss and sent Union in to bat in very difficult conditions. With the ball swinging around and moving off the pitch, we struggled to get any partnerships going and didn’t really apply ourselves in the first hour and a half. The Paul Roos bowlers used the conditions to their advantage and skittled us for a dismal 43 all out in 25 overs. Conditions really changed the longer and hotter the day got. Paul Roos comfortably scored 230 runs for the loss of two wicket in 49 overs. They then declared and only need to get 5 wickets in the Union second innings to get an out right victory. We reached 39 for the loss of 5 wickets in 15 overs and lost by an innings and 138 runs. Not a very good start to a tough cricket festival.
Union High School vs Bishops Diocesan College (Declaration)
Union High was again sent in to bat after losing the toss. This time the boys were up for the challenge.
We scored 252 for 9 in 70 overs, batting out the allotted overs given to us in this format of the game.
Best Batsman: Cowan Swartz 65; Luke McNaughton 62; Bowen Langmead 36; Sinethemba Ndudula 34.
Bishops then went in to bat and found it quite simple with us bowling both sides of the wicket. Bishops scored 253 for 3 in 44 overs. Cowan Swartz, Matt Harpur and Jaden Brotherton each picked up one wicket.
Union High lost by 7 wickets.
Union High School vs Paarl Boys’ High School (Declaration)
We lost the toss and were sent in to bat again. Union High scored 131 all out in 41 overs.
Top Batsman: Luke McNaughton 64
Paarl Boys were put under pressure for some stages of their batting innings, however not enough runs on the scoreboard helped them scratch to 132 for 5 in 39 overs.
Best Bowlers: Brett Amsterdam 2 for 36 in 14 overs; Matt Harpur 2 for 42 in 11 overs.
Union High lost by 5 wickets.
Union High School vs South African College High School “SACS” (Limited Overs – 50)
Union High was sent in to Bowl for the first time in 5 matches. SACS scored 343 for 5 in 50 overs due to ill disciplined bowling and not being put under any pressure.
Best Bowler: Caerwyn Spence 2 for 51 in 8 overs.
Union High went in to bat and scored 165 for 5 in 35 overs. Best Batsman: Bowen Langmead 63; Brett Amsterdam 37; Matt Harpur 21; Peter Watermeyer 13*; Union High lost by 178 runs.
All in all this was an amazing experience for the boys. They were able to play against provincial and national cricket players. This festival will help boost our cricket as we have made many new contacts and fixtures for the future. Our lads learnt invaluable cricket lessons and this young team will turn heads in time to come.
Union High School will host The Cape Schools’ Cricket Festival in 2019.