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Elkington snares five in 100th match for Grey High

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-03-05 Tags: ,

Xander Elkington (Grey High School) after playing in his 100th match and taking five wickets (Photo provided)

In his milestone 100th first-team appearance, Grey High School‘s Xander Elkington delivered a masterful performance by dismissing five St Andrew’s College batsmen on the weekend.

Elkington’s contribution underlined his exceptional season for Grey, where his all-round prowess has often been the linchpin of the team’s successes.

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From the outset, the Grey boys exhibited ferocious intent, with Likhona Gcora setting the tone by knocking back the stumps of the first two Saint Andrew’s batsmen in quick succession.

Mitchell Coventry resisted, striking back-to-back boundaries, as he contributed 27 runs before he was caught by Joel Maree.

Elkington, however, tore through the Makhanda school’s batting lineup to capture 5/19 in eight overs, and St Andrew’s slumped to only 76 all out in their first innings.

With Grey at the crease, Roman van Zyl struck early to reduce them 19/2 after the first 10 overs. However, Marco Giaconi constructed a fine innings of 52 runs to steer his side past their opponents’ first innings’ total.

When Oliver Johns finally got rid of Giaconi, Josh Rennie took over and helped Grey to an imposing 213/8 before declaring.

Rennie worked hard for his undefeated 54 runs, hitting four boundaries while working the ball around for singles at every opportunity, and Kian Cambier and Joel Maree weighed in with 31 apiece.

Towards the end of the Grey innings, Tristan Grundling hammered the only six of the innings in his knock of 20, which helped extend Grey’s lead to 137 runs.

William Beamish (49) began the second innings for St Andrew’s on a positive note. He struck two sixes and five fours before Zander Nutt trapped him in front of his wickets, tantalisingly close to a half-century.

Nutt was on a tear and claimed the three wickets that fell for only five runs while also sending down four maiden overs. Oliver Johns and Samuel Scheckter then shut up shop to prevent St Andrew’s going down to an outright defeat.

Summarised Scorecards

St Andrew’s College first innings 76 (Mitchell Coventry 27; Xander Elkington 5/19, Likhona Gcora 2/8, Tristan Grundling 2/26); Grey High School first innings 213/8 (Josh Rennie 54*, Marco Giaconi 52, Kian Cambier 31, Joel Maree 31, Tristan Grundling 20; Roman van Zyl 2/15, Alastair de Kock 2/20, Laurie Apps 2/84); St Andrew’s College second innings 70/3 (William Beamish 49; Zander Nutt 3/5). Grey High School won on first innings.

Queen’s College 170 (Bevaneo Maytham 80, Connor Oelofse 22; Jacques van der Merwe 2/24, Bungqina Nuku 2/29, Adam Rogers 2/54); Selborne College 94/6 (Tré Gilbert 31, Reece Wait 26; Bevaneo Maytham 2/13, Ryan Denston 2/24). Match abandoned.

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