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Anderson ton kickstarts exciting Makhanda Week

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-12 Tags: , , ,

Nicholas Anderson’s electrifying century on the first day of a two-day match between Peterhouse Boys’ School and St Andrew’s College set an exciting tone for the 2024 Makhanda Cricket Festival.

The two sides started a day earlier than the rest of the participants, on Wednesday, with Anderson and Peterhouse being sent in to bat.

The Zimbabwean opener seemed unbothered by the gloomy, bowler-friendly weather. Scoring at a rate of knots, he smashed 14 fours and two sixes in his innings of 104 runs, which came off of just 98 deliveries. His dominance was reflected by the fact that when he was the second man out, having reached triple figures, Peterhouse’s total was on 142.

Sean Bennett provided Anderson with strong support, with the middle-order batsman accumulating 47 runs from 70 balls. After Anderson’s and Bennett’s demise, Luke Marillier (35, 78b) and Victor Watama (31, 86b) knuckled down to get Peterhouse to a respectable first innings total of 275/9.

Roman van Zyl did most of the damage for the College side, claiming four wickets for only 26 runs, while Alex Price contributed two scalps for just eight runs.

The College batsman too, appeared to be very comfortable out in the middle, with the entire top order making solid contributions. Samuel Schekler was at the forefront of the run chase with a well-played 69 runs from 103 deliveries, while Mitchell Coventry made an impressive 60 from 112 balls.

Alex Price, after his good bowling performance, followed up with a fighting 43 runs and, helped by Mark Were’s 37 runs, College took a 22-run lead.

The second time around, Peterhouse lost wickets in clusters. William Beamish was the main bowling threat, capturing three wickets for only 11 runs. Jack Oliver also stood out with the ball, snapping up two for six.

Sean Bennett was defiant again, contributing 31 runs from 37 deliveries, before the rain put a stop to proceedings, to bring an enthralling clash to a nail-biting end.

Graeme College’s opening batsman Enrique Strydom‘s 74 put his side in a commanding position against Trinityhouse College. That knock, and a well-played 51 not out from Ashton Williams, enabled Graeme to declare on 211/6.

Liam Lourens (38, 56b) and Jean du Toit (35*, 51b) led a resounding fightback from Trinityhouse. Their contributions, together with 30 from Ruwan Smit, took the Johannesburg school to 113/2 before rain brought the match to a premature finish.

Jack Collet’s superb 3/10, which was supported by equally impressive spells by Dave Louden (2/12) and Sinawo Bukula (2/20), saw Kingswood bundle out Hellenic Academy for a disappointing 96 in their first innings.

Only Malakai Harry, who top scored with 28 from 63 balls, offered notable resistance to the fierce attack from the Kingswood bowlers for the Zimbabwean side.

Joshua Loon then took charge of proceedings, making his way to a wonderfully constructed 68 runs from 74 deliveries, which lifted Kingswood to 130/4 before rain resulted in the game ending in a draw.

Summarised Scorecards

Peterhouse Boys 1st Innings 275/9 (Nicholas Anderson 104, Sean Bennett 47, Luke Marillier 34, Victor Watama 31; Roman van Zyl 4/26, Alex Price 2/8); St Andrew’s College 1st Innings 297/6 (Samuel Scheckler 69, Mitchell Coventry 60, Mark Were 37, Murray Wilson 27, Laurie Apps 21*; Isaac Hildebrand 2/37, Ryan Moyo 2/79); Peterhouse Boys 2nd Innings 96/8 (Sean Bennett 31; William Beamish 3/11, Jack Oliver 2/6). Match Drawn.

Graeme College 211/6 (Enrique Strydom 74, Ashton Williams 51*, Luphelo Mdyesha 30; Matthew Fuller 3/32); Trinityhouse Academy 113/2 (Liam Lourens 38, Jean du Toit 35*, Ruwan Smit 30; AJ Jeggels 1/12). Match Drawn.

Hellenic Academy 96 (Malakai Harry 28; Jack Collet 3/10, Dave Louden 2/12, Sinawo Bukula 2/20); Kingswood 130/4 (Joshua Loon 68*; Thomas Sinclair 3/32). Match Drawn.

Dale College vs Muir College: TBC 

Hudson Park vs Woodridge College: TBC 

Franco Oberholzer
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