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Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:56

Cricket: Match Report Bosch Beat Bishops

Written by  Rob Darymple

Bosch v Bishops Day/Night Match

bbbA beautiful day in Cape Town set the scene for the Day/Night fixture between these schools and the schoolboys turned out in numbers to support their cricketers. Rondebosch won the toss and had no hesitation in electing a bat on a wicket that looked like it would be slow and take some turn. The Bosch openers took their time getting set but then in the 5th over Riaz Sader went on the attack, hitting 4 boundaries and giving the innings some impetus. Bishops turned to their spinners early in the piece and Van As and Jones created pressure through some tight bowling resulting in the wicket of Christensen being caught and bowled by Jones with the score on 45.

Hayes van der Berg joined Sader and the pair progressed to 60 before Sader also fell to Jones, bringing Zubayr Hamza to the crease in his 100th match for Rondebosch. The pair showed their experience as the worked the bowling around until Wilson trapped Hamza in front for 22. Murray Commins joined his captain and the duo continued the good work and at 169 for 3 with 6 overs of the 45 still remaining it seemed as if Bosch would post in the region of 220. Jones and Julius had other ideas - Julius bowled Commins for 34 and Jones had Van der Berg caught and bowled for 53 in the next over. A spectacular collapse followed which saw Bosch being bowled out for 186 in the final over. Jones was the standout performer for Bishops with 6 for 32 in his 9 overs.

The Bishops run chase was hampered by the loss of wickets up front in the face of some penetrative bowling from the Bosch seamers and at 51 for 4 the scales were tipped firmly in the favour of the visitors. Daniel Lombard and Jordan Flax were not however prepared to lie down and built an impressive stand. Lombard (41 off 40 balls) in particular began to attack the Bosch bowlers and it seemed that Bishops would replicate their recent successful run chases against Grey PE and SACS. Jay Stevens returned to the attack and managed to rush Lombard in to a pull shot and soon afterward Flax (31) was run out by a brilliant direct hit from Zubayr Hamza and the writing was on the wall for Bishops.

The tail battled bravely, but Hayes van der Berg (3 for 22) proved too much at the death and Bishops were bowled out for 160, giving Rondebosch a 26 run victory. Riaz Sader (1 for 29 off 9), Kay Skovgaard-Peterson (2 for 25) and Jay Stevens (2 for 22) will all be very happy with their efforts with the ball.

The match was an intriguing affair, played in a good spirit and with a healthy competitive edge – indicative of the excellent relationship enjoyed by these two schools.

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