It was a good sporting weekend for Graeme College on both the athletics track and the cricket field.
The prestigious Hirsch Shield was contested by a number of schools on Saturday. The Graeme athletes won three events.
Sithombo Masakane followed up his record breaking triple jump at the Graeme Sports Day, by winning the U16 triple jump in the SF Edwards Shield.
He was still not done, as he played a massive role, along with Juan-Dre de Klerk, Liyeama Mafani and Eldrico Kivitts, who together won the U16 4×100 relay in the SF Edwards Shield.
The combined U16 group finished fourth overall, behind Grey, St Andre w ’s and Queens. The U14 athletes were equally impressive, also finishing fourth behind Queens, Grey and Selborne.
The highlight was Buhle Planga winning the high jump event in the Sammy Gunn Shield. Graeme’s cricketers had an impressive weekend with no fewer than three centuries and one five-wicket haul.
That also included an unbeaten 190- run partnership between Mark Amm(95no) and Nick Zimmerman (128no) for the 1st XI against Westering.
Zacharay Hendricks (2/60) and Yasheen Pillay (1/20) pegged Graeme back early and, at 60/4, Graeme desperately needed a good partnership.
Zimmerman and Amm started to rebuild the innings and managed an emphatic, unbeaten 190-run partnership, taking Graeme to 250/4. In reply, Westering struggled in the first 25 overs.
Lelethu Cekiso (1/24) showed great discipline along with Richard Beyleveld, who finished with 4/45.
Westering fought back in the next 25 overs when Graeme were poor in the field.
Gareth Munroe (61) and Aiden Fabrello (53 not out) batted well to get Westering to 204/7 after their 50 overs, giving Graeme a win by 46 runs.
The 2nd XI were also good on the day, amassing 276/4 in their allotted 50 overs. Stefan Botha punished the bowlers ending on 145 not out.
Liam Agnew then followed that up with an amazing spell of bowling, including six maidens. He finished with five wickets for one run.
Westering were dismissed for 33, giving Graeme a 243-run victory. In Grahamstown, the Graeme U14A side scored a daunting 330/4 against Westering in their 50 overs.
Garwin Dampies made a massive 162 not out. He was assisted by Cody Smit (53).
The Graeme bowlers then chipped in as they restricted Westering to 88, winning by 242 runs.
The U15a side saw Westering batting first and they seemed to struggle a bit against the Graeme openers. Lakhanya Sam (3/17) and Simon Cowley (3/19) put pressure on Westering in the early overs.
They struggled to recover and ended on 56 all out. Graeme lost two wickets on the way to an impressive eightwicket victory.
Westering fared better in the junior schools games, winning the U9, U13B and U13A games, while Graeme won the U11B and the U11A matches.