THE St Andrew’s first team enjoyed a successful tour of England, winning eight of the 11 matches played.
Each member of the squad contributed towards the key winning moments in their victories.
The win against Tonbridge secured the Birrell-Cowdrey Cup which returned safely home. Gordon Everard played a superb knock of 73 off 59 balls, followed by fine spells of swing bowling from Zach Melvill (4/7) and Panashe Muyeye, (4/24) as St Andrew’s won by 56 runs.
The team also managed to etch their name on the Felsted Festival Shield as winners of the tournament.
The key victory of the festival came against Felsted on their main oval, St Andrew’s chasing down 267.
Murray Leith scored a mature match-winning 109 not out and Charl Pellissier a crucial quick-fire 50, giving the run chase momentum up front. Earlier, Muyeye picked up three wickets to help restrict the Felsted scoring in the latter part of their innings. Good wins also came earlier in the tour against Wellington and Eton College.
In a hard-fought victory over Wellington in favourable bowling conditions, St Andrew’s managed to chase down the 185, thanks largely to an eighth-wicket partnership of 44 between Benjamin Dovey and Brian Ferguson. The Eton fixture produced familiar South African batting conditions, which St Andrew’s College relished, posting a formidable target of 324. Brendan Owen held the innings together, scoring a fine 94, and was well supported by Everard (55), Mbulelo Mama (66) and Melvill (52).
Eton were well-placed on 225/2 in the 39th over, but Ferguson then produced a timely spell of reverse-swing bowling and St Andrew’s were able to apply the pressure for a 60-run win.
Highlights of the tour were:
Batting: Gordon Everard (73, 43, 55, 102, 86); Brendan Owen (95, 94, 63); Murray Leith (50no, 109no); Andrew Rushmere (125); Mbulelo Mama (66, 69); Zach Melvill (47, 52no, 43); Charl Pellissier (54no, 51)
Bowling: Panashe Muyeye (4/24, 3/49); Grant Stretton (3/30, 4/16); Grant Dixie (3/42, 3/11); Brian Ferguson (3/46, 3/40); Murray Leith (3/47)
Zach Melvill (4/7); Andrew Rushmere (4/51)