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Gangat takes eight, but Grey High triumph

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-21 Tags: ,

Xander Elkington, Grey High (Photo courtesy of Grey High)

Sulaymaan Gangat stepped up to lead the charge for Pearson on Saturday as his older brother, captain Esa Gangat, who suffered an injury, played less of a role than usual. Sulaymaan sent eight Grey High batsmen packing, but his heroics were not enough to break the hosts’ momentum at the crease.

A second century for Xander Elkington, early in the new year, and great bowling by Xander Nutt (3/15) and Nathan Howell (2/19), secured a second victory for Grey over Pearson, following a T20 win on Friday in which Marco Giaconni led the charge.

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Grey were dominant in Friday’s showdown, with Giaconni scoring 88 runs to power his side to 162/4 in their 20 overs before Tristan Grundling, with a return of 3/10, stymied the Pearson reply, which ended on 119/9.

Saturday’s match seemed to be heading the same way, with Giaconni (65) continuing to batter the Pearson bowling attack.

Then, Xander Elkington took centre stage, notching his second ton of 2024. As always, the exciting young talent worked hard for his milestone, scoring the majority of his runs by working the ball around and running hard between the wickets.

But the younger Gangat put up a valiant attempt to keep the visitors in the game. Once he had dismissed the two dangermen from Grey, he tore through the rest of the line-up in no time at all.

Cayden Wilson also played his part, taking the first and the last wicket of the innings, with Gangat gobbling up the rest.

Grey’s bowlers quickly eliminated any threat of a fightback when they took to the field. Nutt sent three Pearson batsmen back to the sheds, conceding only 15 runs, while Howell assisted well with his two-wicket haul.

Luke Hector did well to reach 51, but the remainder of the visitors’ batsmen came and went as they failed to mount a strong challenge. With their injured captain not being sent out to bat, Pearson’s innings ended when the ninth wicket went down.

Grey High’s stalwarts continued to show their class in their twin wins over the weekend, but Gangat demonstrated his incredible potential for Pearson. He appears poised to become a key player in their squad, just like his older brother.

Summarised Scorecards

Grey High 223 (Xander Elkington 100, Marco Giaconni 65; Sulaymaan Gangat 8/56, Cayden Wilson 2/86); Pearson 124 (Luke Hector 51; Xander Nutt 3/15, Nathan Howell 2/19). Grey High won by 99 runs.

Grey High 162/4 (Marco Giaconni 88, Dillon Garrod 32*; Reagan Meyer 1/22); Pearson 119/9 (Jude Septoo 21, Leander van Rooyen 20; Tristan Grundling 3/10). Grey High won by 43 runs. (T20)

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