PEARSON recorded two fine victories in recent schools cricket matches, following up a thrilling win against Union High last week with another good result against Otto du Plessis at the weekend.
Union batted first after winning the toss, but Pearson struck early through Geoffrey Miles as Union struggled to 37/3 before a 101-run partnership by Lance Hobson and Tagon Jackson got the visitors back on track to see them reach a respectable 208/8 in their 50 overs.
Miles ended with figures of 3/44 in 10 overs and he was well supported by Josh Dodd with 3/29 in nine overs. For Union, Hobson scored 35 and Jackson contributed a well-played 93.
Pearson received a good start as Daniel Doyle and Kyle Jacobs put on 53 for the first wicket and they looked well set on 93/1.
However, Dean Marais and Jason Vers led a superb Union fightback and reduced the home side to 152/8. But Jacques Budricks and Miles then took control of the game and added an unbeaten 57 in an exciting ninth-wicket partnership to give Pearson a nail-biting two-wicket win. For Pearson, Jacobs top- scored with 58, while Budricks made 41 and Miles 28.
Marais ended with figures of 4/43 in 10 overs and Vers took 2/31.
ýOn Saturday, Pearson recorded a convincing six-wicket victory over Otto du Plessis after dismissing their opponents for 105.
Siphe Vusani claimed 3/15 and then Pearson raced to victory in the 18th over, with Josh Dodd scoring an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls.
Framesby v DP
JOHNTE Nel played the innings of his life to help Framesby outclass Daniel Pienaar (DP) in a two-day match in Uitenhage at the weekend. Framesby won by an innings and 57 runs. There were some fine individual performances by a number of Framesby players but Nel stood out with his unbeaten knock of 174.
DP won the toss and batted first, making 201/9. Rikus Zaayman continued his fine form with the ball, taking 4/37 in 12 overs. Spinner Ernst Stapelberg also did a fine job with 3/42 in 20 overs.
Framesby then made a massive 333/2 in 65 overs, with Nel well supported by Johan Grobler (76) and the consistent Eastern Province U17 batsman Anru Emiljo (69). Nel hit 24 fours and a six in his innings.
Leftarm seamer Stefan Tait then celebrated his inclusion in the EP U19 side by taking 5/7 in seven overs in the second innings as DP were convincingly defeated.
Grey v Hudson Pk
GREY High registered an emphatic 109-run win over East London’s Hudson Park in their clash at Grey on Saturday.
Sent in to bat, Grey lost two early wickets, but Bernhard Ferreira and Brad Bopp (45) added 60 for the third wicket.
Garrick Mattheus continued the good work with a fluent 65 and Dylan Blignaut produced a blistering 60 not out to help Grey reach 296/8.
Hudson’s tough task was made more difficult when they lost three quick wickets.
The visitors never recovered from that and ended their 50 overs on 160/8. Michael Carse was the pick of the Grey bowlers, with 2/12 in nine overs.