College’s charges beat G’town rivals, then draw against Grey
AFTER being dismissed for a meagre 97, St Andrew’s hit back to defeat Graeme College by 27 runs in an entertaining first team cricket clash in Grahamstown on Saturday. On the first day of weekend games, St Andrew’s College lost the toss and struggled to cope with the in-swingers of Garvin Dampies, who gave Graeme College a firm grip on the match.
St Andrew’s never recovered from 25/4 and were bowled out for 97, with Dampies picking up 4/20.
The St Andrew’s charges then responded well in the field, reducing Graeme to 35/7 at lunch.
Richard Beyleveld came out after lunch and took on the St Andrew’s seamers, giving Graeme a strong chance of knocking off the runs.
Legspinner Simon Taylor then gave Beyleveld some width and he went for a shot over extra cover, but was neatly caught by Tom Lane on the boundary for a well-played 30.
St Andrew’s capitalised on this to dismiss Graeme for 70.
Frank Norval (4/35) and Grant Dixie (4/21) were aggressive early on with the new ball and showed good resolve in defending their low total.
On Sunday, St Andrew’s drew their match against Grey High after rain caused a disruption late in the day.
St Andrew’s captain Anthony Dakin elected to bowl first, expecting some movement for his bowlers in the cool conditions, but star Grey batsman Mathew Breetzke was quick to attack any poor deliveries.
St Andrew’s then changed strategy to restrict the Grey batsmen, looking to set up an opening for Taylor’s legspinners. Breetzke controlled the innings until he was dismissed for 57, which brought a flurry of wickets as Grey found themselves fighting for a recovery at 124/6 after 43 overs.
With a calm head, captain David Masterson (39) steered his team to 216/8 after 70 overs, bringing about Grey’s declaration and St Andrew’s having to navigate a tricky 15 minutes before tea.
This they achieved and needed 204 runs to win from 38 overs after the break. They showed their intentions with some well-struck boundaries from Stuart Hobson and reached 85/1 after 19 overs.
The weather then changed and it brought a fightback from Grey as they reduced St Andrew’s to 127/4 with two new batsman at the crease.
However, the umpires then called the end of play in gloomy, wet conditions.
Dakin played beautifully earlier for his 55 in a quality schoolboy match played in a healthy and highly competitive spirit.
Priory v DF Malherbe
ST DOMINIC’S Priory beat DF Malherbe in a close, low-scoring schools cricket encounter at the weekend.
Batting first, DF Malherbe were bowled out for 114, with Josh Brummer taking 4/42 and Cameron Cloete claiming 2/27.
DF Malherbe showed great spirit in defending their small total and the match went down to the wire, with Priory eventually winning by just one wicket.
The key contributions for Priory came from Josh Brummer, who topscored with 33, and Jordan Chan, who made 20.