It was a remarkable weekend of sport for St Charles College. With the bulk of the summer fixtures being played against Michaelhouse, the 1st team basketball and 1st XI cricket matches did not take place due to festivals in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The two respective 1st teams did meet on the basketball court in the knock-out stages of the St Johns College tournament, with the Saints winning 28 – 22 in the round of 16. The boys in Blue & Gold proceeded to find perfect form and won their quarter final against St Benedicts, 30 – 21 and then we met the form team of the season, Northwood in the semi-finals. In a very tight defensive battle, St Charles College emerged victorious, 21 – 17. The other semi-final was between the hosts, St Johns, and defending champions, St Albans. The latter won and St Charles College was looking forward to the final. Unfortunately, the highveld thunderstorms had the last say and organisers were forced to call off the tournament late on Sunday afternoon – making St Charles College joint winners of the 2022 tournament. This is an incredible achievement and we congratulate the boys in Blue and Gold!
Inspired by the incredible century in New Zealand by Protea and Saints Old Boy, SJ Erwee, the Saints boys were also in fine form on Saturday. On the RG Oval at Michaelhouse, the 2nd XI led the way with top order batsmen, Ebrahim Bayat (57) and Daniel Wassenaar (39) providing the solid platform for a decent total of 194, in bowling friendly conditions. After lunch, it was the Saints spinner, Mikael Buckley who returned the best figures, 4/14, to help the visiting team bowl Michaelhouse 2nd XI out for 108; the Saints 2nd XI winning by 86 runs. The 3rd, 4th & 5th XI also had strong outings, all batting first and restricting their opponents. The U16A team won comfortably by 8 wickets while the U15A’s were the last game to conclude on the Michaelhouse campus, in the mist and light drizzle, Saints winning by 3 wickets with the innings of the day going to Rico Honiball (101* off 73 balls).
The main game on the St Charles College Oval, with the 1st XI not playing and the 2nd and 3rd XI being at Michaelhouse, was the U15B team. The boys enjoyed the experience, none more so than Zuko Nkosi, who returned a fantastic set of bowling figures – 6/23!
While the balance of the cricket matches went St Charles College’s way, a lot of the basketball games went the way of the hosts, with Michaelhouse winning the final game of the day, the 2nd team, 36 – 27. Full results can be found on the Saints sport website; it was an enjoyable weekend of summer sport and we thank our hosts for the day’s play.
In squash news, at the KZN Tournament this past weekend, the St Charles boys excelled, with captain, Aphiwe Ndwandwe winning the U19 section and Ruvay Ramdhin winning the U16 section.
We look forward to the final summer fixtures of the schoolboy season this weekend, as St Charles College host Durban High School.
Sports report compiled by: St Charles College
Photo 1: The Saints 1st Team Basketball are the joint winners of the St Johns College Tournament! photo credit:Justin Waldman
Photo 2: . Saints U15A captain, Rico Honiball, scored an excellent century against Michaelhouse on Saturday. Photo credit: Divan van Wyk