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Back You are here: Home Sports Cricket Eastern Cape Cricket: St Andrews College Get Season off to Solid Start
Monday, 14 January 2019 10:21

Cricket: St Andrews College Get Season off to Solid Start

The St Andrew’s College 1st XI Cricket team started their year off with declaration fixtures versus HoërskoolMenlopark, St Andrew’s School (Bloemfontein) and St Alban’s College in the Grahamstown Schools’ Cricket Festival hosted by Kingswood College.

The longer match day format, starting at 9am and finishing after 6pm with no enforced declarations again provided a real “Test” cricket environment for the cricketers to experience. The second new ball option after 50 overs also played its part in declarations and injected energy into the final overs of each innings.

Menlopark were 48/2 after 19 overs on the morning of day one. They then stepped on the pedal in the next session and were in a commanding position on 130/2 at morning tea. College struggled to claw their way back as Menlopark’s Z. Stoop compiled a superb 114 in their innings of 248 all out. College debutant Tom Vermaak bowled superbly in his spell of 3/39. College started their run chase positively and were well placed on 80/2 after 14 overs and with James Mullins scoring freely on 44* off 42 balls. However, Menlopark were not going to allow College back into the game. James Mullins was involved in an unnecessary run out and then Menlopark’s left arm spinner S. Strydom destroyed College’s run chase with a magnificent spell of 6/38 including a hat-trick. Menlopark closed out the game in the final hour as well deserved winners with College limping to 142 all out.

College elected to bat first versus St Andrew’s School (Bloemfontein) and were bowled out for 244 leaving 58 overs for the afternoon session. James Mullins’ 62 and Guy Rushmere’s 69 provided quality runs for College. Leg spinner R. Cronje worked hard throughout the St Andrew’s innings and finished with sound figures of 4/83. College picked up wickets at regular intervals but it was again R. Cronje who performed with a disciplined 90 runs off 142 balls. Ryan Ford (4/18) and Miles Danckwerts (3/59) bowled beautifully with the new ball, but College were not quite creative and disciplined enough in the afternoon as St Andrew’s School closed out a draw on 180/9.

On day three College set up an exciting run chase versus St Alban’s College. College declared on 235/7. Nicholas Barlow (60*) and Miles Danckwerts (48) batting superbly in setting up the declaration. College attacked for most of the innings, but J Barwick’s 102* off 152 balls held the St Alban’s innings together as College struggle to open up both ends. The second new ball and Barwick’s search for his hundred provided much excitement and drama on Lower field as St Alban’s lost a flurry of wickets. Barwick in the end finished the day off in fine style with 2 runs off the penultimate delivery of the day. He knocked one through an open mid-wicket region and raised his bat for a well-deserved ton. Ryan Ford (2/35) and Miles Danckwerts (3/22) were again among the wickets but it was not enough to force a victory. St Alban’s closed out the day on 190/8.

College played Stanley Cricket Club in a 50 over match to round off their term’s “pre-season” preparations. College batted in a mature fashion compiling 249/6 in their 50 overs. Callum Francis made a quality 101 and was well supported by Matthew Schaefer with his 52 runs. Stanley Cricket Club batted fluently in the true batting conditions and College throughout the afternoon struggled to stem the flow of runs. Brent Emslie’s 53 and Chris van de Meulen’s 41 was enough for Stanley to secure a comfortable 4 wicket win.

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