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Friday, 08 February 2013 11:15

Cricket: Rondebosch Beat PRG to take title!

Written by  Rob Darymple

The Vineyard Oval was the scene for the franchise final for the Cobras region where Rondebosch and Paul Roos met to determine who would go through to the National finals in Stellenbosch.

RBRondebosch won the toss and elected to bat on a surface that looked full of runs, but were soon in trouble at 15 for 2 in the 4th over with Matthew Christensen and Hayes van der Berg back in the pavilion. Zubayr Hamza joined Murray Commins at the crease and the pair took the attack to the Paul Roos bowlers in a partnership of 57 off 36 balls. Commins departed for 30 off just 17 balls and fellow Grade 10 learner, Dayyaan Galiem took over where Murray left off. Hamza and Galiem took the total to 114 with 5 overs still remaining and it looked as if Bosch was going to post a formidable score.

The introduction of Botha into the attack changed the game as he and Schoeman ran through the middle order as Bosch lost 4 wickets for just 7 runs in the next 3 overs, including Galiem (27 off 19) and Zubayr Hamza (46 off 41). 25 runs off the last two overs of the innings proved crucial as Riaz Sader picked some gaps in the field in a gem of an innings scoring 21 off just 11 balls to give Rondebosch a final total of 146 for 8.

Paul Roos attacked hard from the start in the powerplay with Johan Siebritz and Arnold Scholtz using the aerial route to good effect. At the end of the first 6 overs Paul Roos were 42 for 1 with Siebritz back in the pavilion and the exciting Niel Botha at the crease. The relaxation of the fielding restrictions allowed the Bosch bowlers to get back into the game and at the halfway mark the score stood at 57 for 2 with Scholtz having been dismissed for 28. Botha and Sean de Necker accelerated the innings nicely and with 21 runs coming off the 13th and 14th over, Paul Roos were nicely placed at 94 for 2 after 14 – needing a further 53 runs off the last 6 overs.

Wickets began to fall around Niel Botha as first De Necker holed out on the boundary and some aggressive running resulted in run outs but while Botha was at the crease Paul Roos were still in the hunt. The last ball of the penultimate over saw Botha push hard to get two, but crucially meant that he was not on strike for the last over with Paul Roos needing 14 to win.

Dayyaan Galiem stepped up to bowl the final over and bowled Theron with his first delivery and then bowled a dot ball to the new batsman to leave Paul Roos still needing 14 runs of 4 balls. A scrambled single brought Botha back on strike and he perished in the cause as Galiem bowled him, effectively ending the game. Botha scored 74 off just 54 balls and with his 3 wickets, would have been a worthy Man-of-the Match recipient.

Bosch eventually won by 10 runs in a match that was a good advert for schoolboy cricket.

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