ONE of the major clashes on the Port Elizabeth schools cricket calendar takes place today, when Framesby host Grey High in the CSA Twenty20 schools competition to decide the PE City champions.
Last season, Framesby confirmed their cricketing potential when they shocked Grey in the corresponding encounter at Grey and they went on to become the franchise champions, representing the Warriors at the national finals in Stellenbosch.
Grey will be keen to make up for that setback today, but Framesby have an ace in the pack in the big- hitting Anru Emiljo.
Last year, Emiljo was influential in their win over Grey, hitting a match-winning 44 not out.
But Grey have long set the standards for schools cricket in Eastern Province and they will be tough to beat. The talented Matthew Breetzke could be a key batsman for them.
The match starts at 3pm.
Framesby warmed up for this zonal final with good wins over VP by 99 runs and Pearson by 67 runs.
Meanwhile, Grey have also shown excellent form this year.
Last weekend, they defeated Paarl Boys’ High in a two-day game at Grey and this weekend there was double delight for them when they beat Paul Roos in T20 and declaration games, also at Grey.
The T20 clash took place on Friday and Paul Roos managed a useful total of 142.
An excellent 69 not out from captain Garrick Mattheus was enough to see Grey overhaul Paul Roos’s score in the 19th over with six wickets remaining.
The declaration match on Saturday saw Paul Roos batting first after they won the toss. The Grey attack immediately took the initiative and had the home side reeling on 23/3.
Wickets continued to fall, but, at 89/7, Paul Roos mounted some resistance, and were dismissed for 166 after 56 overs. Michael Carse was the pick of bowlers with 3/34.
The Grey openers batted fluently to add 79 before Cameron Raina was dismissed for 38.
Liam Lindsey scored 42 and Breetzke hit 45 as the home side cruised to victory by five wickets.