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Dominant 346 sets Grey College up for victory against Kalahari

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-30

After Grey College were left without a fixture due to a late withdrawal, Hoërskool Kalahari answered their call and travelled to Bloemfontein to test their skills on Saturday.

It proved to be a tough day for the visitors as the hosts flexed their muscles, powering their way to a 221-run victory.

Batting first, Grey College laid down the law with a stellar performance at the crease, posting an imposing total of 346/7.

Their top-order batsmen were in full flight, with Adem Niewoudt and Cullen Marais combining for a formidable 117-run partnership. Niewoudt narrowly missed out on a century, falling for a commendable 94, while Marais provided strong support with an impressive 65.

Franco Bester and Keenan van Rooi tried their best to stem the flow of runs, with Bester being the standout performer among the Kalahari High bowlers. They combined to take all seven wickets for Kalahari, but the relentless Grey batsmen were a tough nut to crack and kept piling on the runs.

In reply to the daunting target set by Grey College, Kalahari found themselves under immense pressure from the start as their batsmen struggled to withstand the disciplined and relentless attack of the hosts’ bowlers.

Sicelo Matayi was the chief tormentor for Grey, dismissing the visitors’ three top batsmen while conceding only 36 runs.

Liam Lang offered some resistance for Kalahari at the tail-end, ending the innings unbeaten with 21 runs, but it made little impact on the outcome of the contest.

Grey’s team of stayers dismissed the team from Kuruman for 125 and look to be in fine form as they build towards next year.

Meanwhile, Cecil Parsons, Bethlehem Voortrekker‘s big Craven Week prop, smashed a powerful 82 off 43 deliveries, and Juan Theunissen weighed in with 62, to help their team chase down Fichardtpark‘s 205 in 29 overs.

Franco and Adrian de Necker combined for a partnership of 67 for Jim Fouché as they beat Welkom Gimnasium by six wickets.

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Summarised scorecards:

Grey College 346/7 (Adem Niewoudt 94, Cullen Marais 65, Ruben Maree 36, Henru de Wet 36, Extras 34, Casper Troskie 31, Jaco Prinsloo 31; Franco Bester 4/66, Keenan van Rooi 3/52); Kalahari High School 125 (Liam Lang 21*; Sicelo Matayi 36/3, Darion Rabie 2/10). Grey College won by 221 runs.

Fichardtpark 205 (Davyd Oosthuysen 61, MJ Herbst 33, Zayne Williamson 31, Michael Cruywagen 23, Extras 23; Juan Theunissen 4/34, Heindre Serfontein 54/2, Andre Heunis 2/25); Voortrekker 208/6 (Cecil Parsons 82, Juan Theunissen 62, Extras 26, Andre Heunis 20*; Michael Cruywagen 4/30, Eben Botha 2/56). Voortrekker won by four wickets.

Welkom Gimnasium 86 (Extras 28, Kayden Barrows 18; Pieter Conradie 4/13, Marco de Lange 2/11); Jim Fouché 87/4 (Adrian de Necker 31, Franco de Necker 27; Donald Schoeman 2/17). Jim Fouché won by six wickets.

Willem Louw
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