GREY High began their cricketing year on a high note when they registered a decisive innings victory in a two-day match played at Grey against Paarl Boys’ High at the weekend.
After winning the toss, captain Garrick Mattheus put the visitors in to bat on Friday. A display of disciplined bowling and fielding saw wickets fall at regular intervals, and the visitors were soon reeling at 80/6. Some rearguard action by their tailenders allowed the visitors to crawl to 147 all out, leaving Grey two hours to bat on day one.
Liam Lindsey looked good for his 35 before getting out shortly before the close of play, leaving Grey on 69/3 overnight.
Michael Carse and Matthew Breetkze seized the initiative the next morning, enabling Grey to declare at 303/7. Breetzke recorded his second century of the season, an unbeaten 101. Paarl needed a 157 runs to make Grey bat again and survival was their only motivation. Wickets fell at regular intervals, but with eight overs to go and two wickets standing, the result was still in question.
Carse, however, managed to force a breakthrough, finishing with 4/25, and then Lutho Sipamla claimed the final scalp, which ended an excellent two days of cricket.
A highlight of the under-15A match against Paarl Boys was a hat-trick by Grey’s Campbell de Wet as they won by nine wickets.