1st XI vs Daniel Pienaar – T20
On Friday the 1st Xi played against Daniel Pienaar in a T20 match.
Union won the toss and elected to bat. Daniel Pienaar hit their lines and length right from ball one putting our batsmen under pressure and had us at 27/4 after 8 overs. However an excellent 60 run partnership between Bowen Langmead and Caerwyn Spence got us to a modest 101 in our 20 overs.
Batting performances: Bowen Langmead 41; Caerwyn Spence 22; Luke Mc Naughton 13
Daniel Pienaar came in to bat and the Union bowlers struggled, bowling too many lose deliveries and allowed Daniel Pienaar to score freely. This team however showed tremendous character and fight. Despite having their backs against the wall defending such a low total, were able to take the match right down to the second last over.
Bowling performances: Jaden Brotherton 1 for 18 in 4 overs; Luke Mc Naughton 1 for 15 in 3 overs
Union lost the match by 8 wickets.
1st XI vs Daniel Pienaar – Declaration
On Saturday the 1st XI took on Daniel Pienaar again in a Declaration format match.
Union won the toss and sent Daniel Pienaar in to bat.
We were treated to some fantastic new ball bowling from Lung Zantsi, Luke Mc Naughton and Lihle Mxhunyelwa who ripped through their top order and had them 33 for
4 after 12 overs. This was followed by some excellent spin bowling from Jaden Brotherton, Trevor Moos and Brett Amsterdam and Union ended up bowling Daniel Pienaar out for 116.
Bowling performances: Lunga Zantsi 3 for 24 in 9 overs; Jaden Brotherton 3 for 20 in 9 overs; Trevor Moos 2 for 20 in 7,1 overs; Brett Amsterdam 1 for 19 in 7 overs
Union went in to bat and once again were met with excellent accurate bowling and soon found ourselves in trouble. We were then witness to some outstanding batting from Brett Amsterdam who took control of the innings with great maturity and Bowen Langmead who scored at an alarming rate and exciting flare and together put on a 106 run partnership in which each batsman complimented each other perfectly allowing us to reach and extend on our target.
Batting performances: Bowen Langmead 57 off 44 balls; Brett Amsterdam 47; James Pringle 13
Union won the match on 1st innings by 6 wickets.
UHS won the toss, electing to bat and did well to reach a score of 206/8 in this 35 over match. Matthew Hesselink 84 and Jarrod Naude 50* were the main contributors with their 119 run partnership for the 5 wickets in 17 overs. Khwezi Simon made 12 runs.
Daniel Pienaar were well on their way at drinks with a score of 109/3 at 17 overs bowled, but with good accurate bowling by Khwezi Simon 4/10, Gregon Jenneke 3/12 and Matthew Hesselink 2/18, the Daniel Pienaar side were all out for 145 in the 25th over. Gregon Jenneke took an important catch on the boundary to get the wicket of their top scorer. Mihlali Tyanase also took an impressive catch at mid-on.
UHS won by 61 runs.
Congratulations to Jarrod Naude (50*) and Matthew Hesselink (84) in their second team win against Daniel Pienaar
U/15A (T20 Format)
Union High won the toss and elected to bowl first. Daniel Pienaar scored 110 for 6 in 20 overs. Best Bowlers: Hlaki Skepe 2 for 25 in 4 overs; Daniel Nel, Rhuzé Hendrick, Sisipho Arnols and Kwande Mhlabeni each picked up a wicket.
Union High replied with 93 for 9 in 20 overs. Best Batsmen: Sisipho Arnols 19; Hlaki Skepe 17.
Union High lost by 17 runs.
U/15A (Limited overs – 50)
Union High won the toss and elected to bowl first once again. Daniel Pienaar scored 206 all out.
Best Bowlers: Hlaki Skepe 4 for 20 in 8 overs; Kwande Mhlabeni 2 for 60 in 9 overs; Sisipho Arnols 2 for 47 in 7 overs.
Union High replied with 69 all out in 21 overs. Best Batsmen: Sisipho Arnols 21; Hlaki Skepe 18;
Union High lost by 137 runs.
Our boys need to apply themselves better, grind it out and spend time in the middle. The old adage of catches win matches was also part of the 50 over match. We had Daniel Pienaar up against the ropes at 70 for 6, from this point we dropped 4 catches and missed 3 run outs which proved to be our downfall.