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Back You are here: Home Sports Cricket Eastern Cape Cricket: Match Report: Kingswood v St Andrews College
Monday, 03 February 2014 11:49

Cricket: Match Report: Kingswood v St Andrews College

The Kingswood and St Andrew’s College 1st XI sides, opted to tweak the format of their declaration match this year, and started a two-day fixture with an extra session, on the Friday afternoon. They would then include a 5-wicket second innings, as played in the current national weeks, with no forced declaration on the first innings.

Anthony Dakin scored a mature 101

After heavy rain in the week leading up to the fixture, Kingswood opted to bowl on a surface which wasn’t as hard as it normally would be. Along with a forecast of intense temperatures the next day, they decided to try make inroads early on the Friday afternoon. St Andrew’s though started off superbly, batting well on what turned out to be a very slow wicket. Kingswood managed to build some pressure, and soon got rewards as St Andrew’s were in deep trouble at 74 for 5. Anthony Dakin played the conditions perfectly, and showed superb aptitude at the crease. He almost single handidly took St Andrew’s to 129 for 5 at the close of play on day one. Dakin then went on to score a his first century for the 1st XI the next morning, brilliantly steering his team out of trouble and putting them in a good position. Chris McCarthy (36) assisted Dakin (104), and St Andrew’s College were eventually bowled out for 231. Josh Shelley picked up 4 for 54, as the most successful Kingswood bowler.

With Kingswood very disappointed at not taking advantage of bowling St Andrew’s out for a lesser score, St Andrew’s had all the momentum going into the session before lunch. Kingswood needed to bat well in the session and Daine Kruger and Brad Haller did exactly that. The momentum of the match swung yet again, and Kingswood reached lunch on 89 for 1. Haller got out soon afterwards for 28, while Kruger went on to bat superbly again, reaching 68. With a superb Kingswood batting line-up, Marco Lombard picked up where they left off and scored a brilliant 74. Lombard was flawless in his knock, and the celebration of getting him out, was evident with regards to the importance of the match. His dismissal arguably saved St Andrew’s from facing a big deficit in the final session of the day. St Andrew’s College then fought back and picked up a few more wickets wickets around tea time. As St Andrew’s attacked, Kingswood pushed past their first innings score and were bowled out for 252, with a lead of 21 runs. The St Andrew’s bowlers had to toil hard, and shared the wickets. Grant Dixie bagged the best figures, finishing on 3 for 53 for St Andrew’s.

With only 5 wickets to be taken in the second innings, and 40 minutes left before the start of the last 20 overs of the day, the game was actually left in a very interesting position. Kingswood were focussed on trying to take the 5 St Andrew’s second innings wickets quickly, and then chase down any lead that they would need to. Unfortunately for both teams, the weather took a nasty turn, and the umpires delayed the start of the second innings. Conditions got worse, when a massive downpour ensued, which then resulted in the rest of the match being abandoned without the second innings starting.

It was another great experience for the players, in a match that saw both teams grasping the momentum throughout the two days. The spectators and players were robbed of an exciting end, after two long and hard days of tough cricket. Both teams didn’t give an inch, and further developed the strong friendship and superb competition between the schools on the cricket field.

Summary of Scores:


St Andrew’s first innings 231 all out.

 

A Dakin 104, C McCarthy 36         J Shelley 4 for 54, C Hertz 2 for 33,

Kingswood first innings 252 all out.

M Lombard 74, D Kruger 68                         G Dixie 3 for 53, C McCarthy 2 for 35, B Owen 2 for 54,  Green 2 for 74

 

Second innings abandoned due to poor light and rain.

 

Result - Match Drawn