MUIR College hit top form with the bat to defeat Graeme College by eight wickets in their schools cricket encounter in Uitenhage at the weekend.
Winning the toss, Graeme elected to bat, but were soon in trouble when Lylle Petersen struck with the third ball of the innings to remove Olwethu Xonxa.
Tight bowling by Petersen and opening partner Dumisani Magala put pressure on the visiting batsmen, resulting in another two wickets falling as Graeme found themselves in trouble at 16 for three.
However, a patient and positive partnership between Abongile Hashe and Russell Dixon steadied the ship during a valuable fourth-wicket stand of 81.
Muir then introduced legspinner Laduma Tshaka (3-49) and he was immediately successful, having Hashe stumped for a well-played 37.
With 20 minutes to lunch, Tshaka had Dixon caught in the covers for a patient and well-worked 72, and Graeme went into lunch on 164-8.
After lunch, Magala (3-10) and Petersen(2-34) were re-introduced into the attack, wrapping up the innings to bowl out Graeme for 184.
In reply, Graeme struck in the first over with Unathi Hashe picking up the wicket of Dylan Dennis.
Jack Tector and Magala then batted positively, taking the attack to the bowlers. Magala was particularly severe on anything wide and raced to his half-century off 36 balls.
Tector played the anchor role and they took Muir to 121-1 at tea.
Soon after tea, Magala was caught for an aggressive but well-played 78. With 55 needed for victory, Siyamtanda Gqibitole joined Tector and batted positively to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Tector reached his maiden half-century for the first team and ended on 59 not out, while Gqibitole contributed a fluent 35 not out. Muir reached their victory target of 185 in the 37th over.
Grey v Bishops
DESPITE recovering from a shaky batting performance and fighting hard for victory, Grey High eventually went down by three wickets to Cape Town rivals Bishops at Grey.
Batting first, Grey struggled at the top of the order and were in trouble at 53 for six.
Brad Bopp steadied the ship with a patient 39 and he was well supported by Garrick Mattheus (36) and Sam Mkumbuzi, who weighed in with an invaluable 23 as Grey finished on 174 all out.
Knowing they would have to work hard to have even a chance of victory, the Grey bowlers came out firing and at tea they had reduced Bishops to 86 for six. However, Bishops then took 40 runs in the first eight overs after tea and by the fall of the next wicket, the Cape Town side were just 15 runs shy of victory.
Grey have excelled this season in defending small totals, but they could not pull it off this time and Bishops got home by three wickets.
Dylan Blignaut and Brad Mackenzie were the pick of the Grey bowlers with two wickets apiece.