On Friday, 18 October, an eager group of cricketers from Lorraine Primary School in Port Elizabeth arrived in Graaff-Reinet to play a T20 match under lights at the Botanics, followed by a limited over match on Saturday morning at Union.
Friday evening’s T20 started with Lorraine winning the toss and choosing to bat first. They posted a well worked 120/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Much needed rain interrupted play during the second innings, which resulted in the match being abandoned. While Union’s young cricketers enjoyed the opportunity to play under lights again, it was a first for the Lorraine side.
On Saturday morning, clear skies promised a full day’s cricket. Lorraine once again opted to bat first.
For the first time this term, Union’s u/13A cricketers managed to put together a well-executed bowling attack, led by Shaakir Kazi and Thokozani Mpanza, who put Lorraine under pressure from the start.
Union only conceded 15 extras and managed to bowl their opponents out for 91 in 26 overs. Unfortunately, all the hard work was undone by a poor bating performance and Union was bowled out for 49 in 13 overs, losing the match by 42 runs.