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De Villiers and Affies too good for Jeppe, KES sneaks past Pretoria Boys High

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-02-11

Divan de Villiers‘ excellent performances with bat and ball steered Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool (Affies) to a commanding seven-wicket victory over Jeppe High School for Boys on Saturday in Johannesburg.

De Villiers led the way with the ball, claiming his side’s best figures. In an astonishing spell, he sent four Jeppe batsmen back to the pavilion at a cost of only six runs.

Jorich van Schalkwyk also impressed, snaring 2/12, while further good support came from Petrus Rautenbach (2/28) and Armin Snyman (2/29).

Ryan Young showed his class at the top of the order for Jeppe, making a mature 51 from 83 deliveries, while Jeremiah Marshall contributed a gutsy 40 runs as the Joburg boys grinded their way to 142 all out.

When Affies replied, Jeppe’s South African u19 representative, Sipho Potsane, was the only bowler who looked threatening, claiming a solitary wicket while conceding 26 runs.

De Villiers then stamped his authority on the match even further, backing up his good bowling performance, with an unbeaten 56 from 65 balls. Vihan Pretorius continued his good form, with 36, while Janco Purchase‘s unbeaten 22 put the finishing touches on a comfortable win for the Pretoria side.

On the John Hurry Oval, King Edward VII School made life difficult for themselves, chasing 148 for victory over Pretoria Boys High.

Callum Ritchie led the KES efforts in the field, knocking over 4/28, while Christiaan Sabela (2/11) and Michael Holmes (2/27) shared four wickets as Boys High failed to get on top of the bowling.

Adam Cannata top scored with a fighting 42 from 68 deliveries, but he was the only batsman who looked comfortable at the crease. Grant Spencer provided a gritty 24, but the KES bowlers had Boys High’s number.

Nick Rossouw gave PBHS some hope of a valiant fightback when he took three early wickets, but Michael Holmes took charge of the KES innings, with his 45 giving it the momentum it needed.

Troy Gordon and Kwezi Nyamathe contributed of 29 runs apiece, which helped the home side over the line with three wickets to spare.

St John’s College welcomed St Alban’s to Mitchell Field, but they were ruthless in executing a big 113-run victory.

Joe MacRobert was the stand-out batsman for St John’s College, with the skipper striking 69 runs from 71 balls. The impressive Nkosana Sibiya (50, 68b) notched up another half-century, while Alec Loveland (49, 62b) missed out on his by just one run.

Oliver Tait was the pick of the St John’s bowlers, claiming three scalps for 23 runs. He found good support from Loveland, who backed up his fine performance with the bat with a return of 2/15. Malan du Plessis, who took the new ball, captured 2/23.

For St Alban’s, however, there wasn’t much to write home about as they struggled with both bat and ball.

Liam Basch was the Pretoria side’s mainstay with the ball picking up 2/39, while Matthew Ward, with 36, was the sole St Alban’s batsman to make it beyond 20 as the visitors stumbled to a disappointing 122/8 in their 50 overs.

Summarised scorecards

Jeppe 142/10 (Ryan Young 51, Jeremiah Marshall 40; Divan de Villiers 4/6, Jorich van Schalkwyk 2/12, Petrus Rautenbach 2/28, Armin Snyman 2/29); Affies 146/3 (Divan de Villiers 56*, Vihan Pretorius 36, Janco Purchase 22*; Sipho Potsane 1/26). Affies won by seven wickets.

Pretoria Boy’s High 147/10 (Adam Cannata 42, Grant Spencer 24; Callum Ritchie 4/28, Christiaan Sabela 2/11, Michael Holmes 2/27); King Edward VII School 147/7 (Michael Holmes 45, Troy Gordon 29, Khwezi Nyamathe 29*; Nick Rossouw 3/29). King Edward VII School won by three wickets.

St John’s College 235/9 (Joe MacRobert 69, Nkosana Sibiya 50, Alec Loveland 49, Thomas Ievers 20; Liam Basch 2/38); St Alban’s College 122/8 (Matthew Ward 34; Oliver Tait 3/23, Alec Loveland 2/15, Malan du Plessis 2/23). St John’s College won by 113 runs.

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