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Monday, 27 January 2014 09:40

Cricket: Match Report 'Bosch Beat Boishaai

Rondebosch had little hesitation in batting on a good pitch in Paarl on Saturday, the 25 January.  Despite the early loss of Keagan Langford, Matthew Christensen and Murray Commins took the attack to the home attack.

 Junaid DawoodOn a slow outfield both batsmen frequently resorted to the aerial route to reach the boundaries. When Christensen departed for 34, Bosch was comfortably placed on 98 for 2 after 24 overs.

The Paarl spinners found their lengths and became difficult to score off. Murray Commins fell to a brilliant catch on the boundary by Pretorius with his score on 72 (6 x 4, 4 x6), and the middle/lower order succumbed to the spin twins Nel (3 for 29) and Van Staden (4 for 55). At 143 for 9 in the 52nd over the writing was on the wall for the visitors. Junaid Dawood (27 not out) and Max Pike then applied themselves diligently to the task of taking some time out of the game, while collecting singles here and there. In a game changing partnership they eventually managed to bat out all of the 70 overs allowed, and in the process pushed the total to 172 for 9.

Dayyaan Galiem swung the new ball prodigiously and picked up two early scalps. Ryan Klein added another and Paarl were in disarray at 5 for 3. Van Lingen joined Coenie Nel and the pair restored order to the innings. Run scoring was easy with some attacking fields and at 60 for 3, Paarl was back in the game. A change in plan from Bosch after drinks saw the run-scoring dry up and as a result, wickets fell and at 69 for 6, Paarl became intent on saving the game.

Attacking bowling and field placings were matched with resolute defence and with 6 overs remaining Paarl still had two wickets in hand. Junaid Dawood dismissed Moller and then with 4 overs left, Coenie Nel was bowled to give Bosch a 54 run victory. Nel had resembled the famous Paarl Rock which overlooks the ground – his innings of 65 had come off 157 balls and he is to be congratulated for nearly saving the game for his side. At the end Boishaar reached 118 all out to hand Rondebosch a 54 run win.  The wickets for Bosch were spread around, with Junaid Dawood’s 3 for 16 off 11 overs being the best return of the day for Bosch.

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