Framesby blast way to quarters

Neale Emslie

FRAMESBY confirmed their credentials as a cricket school to be taken seriously when they registered a decisive seven-wicket win over Grey High in their Cricket SA Twenty20 match at Grey’s Pollock field yesterday.

The victory, which came with 11 balls to spare, meant Framesby won the zone final, and they are now set to play Union High in Port Elizabeth tomorrow in one of the quarterfinals.

Union High qualified by winning the Central Karoo section after defeating Gill College in the final.

In Grahamstown, St Andrew’s triumphed in their zone final against Kingswood, winning by 35 runs after they made 142 for six. They will play northern areas winners David Livingstone in a quarterfinal in Grahamstown today.

Batting first, Grey registered a decent total of 140 in their 20 overs. On a slow outfield, it meant Framesby would have to bat well to achieve victory.

While the visitors faced pockets of pressure in their run-chase, they eventually took control through the powerful hitting of Anru Emiljo, who sent them racing past the finish line in dramatic fashion.

Framesby, whose batsmen ran extremely well between the wickets, never let the run-rate get out of control and eventually, needing 30 off the last four overs, Emiljo hit a succession of boundaries, including 16 runs in the 17th over, to secure one of the school’s most memorable cricket wins.

The big hitter was unbeaten on 44 and there were excellent efforts up the order by Rihaldo Swanepoel (27) and Tiaan Potgieter (29).

Grey made a bright start through captain Lloyd Brown (31) and Angus van Niekerk (25), who added 54 for the first wicket in seven overs.

But the introduction of spinners Juanre Roberts and Ernst Stapelberg slowed Grey’s progress and it took a some power hitting by the impressive Rohan Knoetze (40 not out) to give their bowlers something to defend.

For St Andrew’s, Andrew Rushmere (59) and Mbulelo Mama (47) scored most of their runs and then Grant Stretton achieved a hat-trick as Kingswood were dismissed for 107.

VICTORIA Park beat Daniel Pienaar in a thrilling schools clash in Uitenhage at the weekend.

Winning the toss, VP batted first on a difficult pitch and were in trouble at 63/5 after 17 overs.

However, thanks to a fine partnership between Bradley Clemence (46) and Diego van Rooyen(22), the innings was revived to reach 160.

In reply, Daniel Pienaar reached the commanding position of 111/2 in the 30th over before the introduction of their spinners swung the game VP’s way.

Needing only nine runs in eight overs with two wickets remaining, Daniel Pienaar fancied their chances. But VP had other intentions andmanaged to bowl Daniel Pienaar out, winning by six runs.

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