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Monday, 30 January 2012 10:04

St. Andrew's College Cricket still the team to beat in the East

 

Eastern Cape Cricket: Cricket at St.Andrew’s College seems to be at an all time high as they continue to produce some high class cricket and are proving to be a difficult team to put away.

Andrew Rushmere on the square driveSt Andrew’s College continued their good run of form in the CSA T20 competition with wins over Marlow in Grahamstown and Union High in Graaff Reinet. St Andrew’s  posted 140/6 vs. Marlow on a pitch that gave the bowlers some assistance. (Leith 36, Mama 33, Bowren 32) College won by 80 runs, Captain Andrew Rushmere picking up 3 wickets. In Graaff Reinet College were sent into bat on a low slow pitch. Scoring was tough, but Rushmere (61*) and Leith (41*) stuck to their game plans as College compiled 131/1 in their 20 overs. It was always going to be a tough task for the home team, but the small straight boundaries meant they were always in the match. Captain Rushmere lead from the front taking 3 wickets for 10 runs in his allotted 4 overs, St Andrew’s College winning by 54 runs.

In Grahamstown on Saturday Selborne won the toss and elected to bat first. Sintu Manjezi aggressively led the St Andrew’s College attack up front taking 3 early wickets. With Selborne on the back foot St Andrew’s pressed hard to dismiss Selborne, but a young Morgan Steyn (46) went about his business in a mature manner for Selborne increasing the pressure on the College attack as the heat started to aggravate the College fielders. Grant Stretton produced a fine left arm delivery bowling Steyn around his legs and with Selborne at 93/8 St Andrew’s were firmly in the driving seat. Again Selborne bounced back, Kyle Stewart (30*) produced a disciplined innings guiding his team to 144 all out in 65 overs.

St Andrew’s College openers Rushmere and Mama batted superbly up front and after 6 overs College were well placed at 33/0. Unfortunately both batters who were in got out and at 33/2 with two new batsmen at the crease Selborne were back in the game. King and Leith steered St Andrew’s  away from danger and at tea time St Andrew’s College were well positioned at 89/2. Selborne again fought back hard with an improved session of disciplined bowling (20 runs in 10 overs) which induced the fall of King (36) and Leith (28). With two new batsmen at the crease again Selborne sensed an opportunity. Grafton fell shortly and the pressure to see St Andrew’s home fell squarely on Charles Bowren and Tyler Paul who responsibly steered St Andrew’s to victory by 5 wickets at 5:15pm.

It was a hard fought contest, well done to both teams for producing competitive cricket in the longer format of the game.

 

 

 

  1.      Andrew Rushmere on the square driver vs Selborne

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