1st XI vs Old Boys
On Saturday the 1st Xi took on the Old Boys during the annual Founders day clash of youth versus experience. The Old Boys won the toss and elected to bat.
The school boys struggled to find a consistent line and length and allowed the Old Boys to score freely. With the Old Boys being 193 for 4 at drinks things were looking ominous for the youngsters who were looking at chasing a mammoth total. However as this team has shown throughout the season they are a team of great fight and character and bounced back after drinks with fantastic bowling from Luke Mc Naughton, Trevor Moss and Lunga Zantsi who between the three of them took the next 6 wickets for only 70 runs restricting the Old Boys to a total of 265 all out.
Bowling figures: Luke Mc Naughton 3 for 40 in 8 overs; Trevor Moss 3 for 38 in 8 overs; Lung Zantsi 2 for 24 in 6 overs’ James Pienaar and Jayden Brotherton each took one wicket.
The 1st XI came in to bat and were immediately put under pressure and soon found themselves at 40 for 4. Once again this team dug deep and a magnificent batting display from Brett Amsterdam and Luke Mc Naughton put us back in the game with a 69 run partnership. This was followed by another flourishing 50 run partnership between Luke and Caerwyn Spence. Zusakhe Ngwane then joined Luke at the crease and played a wonderful cameo in support of Luke and resulted in another 40 run partnership which was looking to set the team up perfectly to get over the line. Unfortunately we lost our way at the end and came up short in what would have been an emphatic victory chasing such a demanding total.
Batting performances: Luke Mc Naughton 60; Brett Amstedam 54; Zusakhe Ngwane 30;
Union lost the match by 33 runs.
Special mention was made of the manner and spirit in which the boys played the game and were complimented for their behaviour on and off the field and impeccable sportsmanship.
Thank you to the Old Boys that made the effort to come and celebrate this very special occasion with us and the spirit in which they played the game. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the match and learnt valuable lessons from you. This is always a fantastic experience for the young men and something they will always remember.
As is tradition, the Old Boys batted first managing 200/9 in their allotted 40 overs. Best with the bat was Richard Collett 98*, Rhett Newton 50 and Basil Jacobs 15. As the saying goes, catches win matches, and this proved very true as there were some missed opportunities that cost us dearly. Mihlali Tyanase achieved 4/34 with the ball. This won him the schoolboy, man-of-the-match award.
In reply the 2nd XI struggled to put good partnerships together and were bowled out in the 23rd over for 102 runs. Rogan Odendaal 25, Gregon Jenneke 21*, Jarrod Naude 13 and William Kayster 13 did best with bat. Flippie Loock achieved 4/8, Graham Palframan 2/24 and Tyron van der Struys 2/32 with the ball for the Old Boys.
The Old boys batted first and scored 167 for 7 in 30 overs.
Best Bowlers: Sisipho Arnols 3 for 15 in 4 overs; Rhuze Hendricks 2 for 18 in 3 overs; Laythan Carelse 1 for 28 in 5 overs.
Union High replied with 90 all out.
Best Batsmen: Finn Cilliers 25; Rhuze Hendricks 16; JJ Liebenberg 15
Old Boys won by 77 runs.
The Old Boys batted first and scored 223 for 5 in 28 overs. Best Bowlers: Matthew Basson 2 for 40 in 6 overs; Josh Basson 2 for 53 in 6 overs; Dylan Kriel 1 for 25 in 4 overs. Union High replied with 124 all out.
Best Batsmen: Thando Matotie 50; Matthew Basson 17; Kamva Bottamani 6; Dylan Kriel 15
Old Boys won by 99 runs.
On Saturday our U13 cricket boys played a good-hearted social match against their parents and Old Boys. The U13’s went in to bat first with each pair batting 4 overs; our boys treasured the opportunity of facing their dads’ bowling, with some fun banter taking place between the two sides. Unfortunately rain halted proceedings on more than one occasion before the game was finally called off just after lunch. The day was enjoyed by all with many special memories created. A special thanks to all the fathers and old boys who took part in this lovely occasion and to Mr Dean Marais for all his arrangements.