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Grey College score comfortable win over St Andrew’s School

By Brad Morgan , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-03-03 Tags: ,

The Grey College 1st XI enjoyed their short trip to Vossie’s Field on Friday to take on the home side, St Andrew’s School, in a fixture that traditionally determines the number one team in the Free State. On this occasion, it was, emphatically, Grey’s day.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Grey found the pitch to their liking, although opener Christian Kind was out for only seven. That brought Henru de Wet to the middle, where he joined Cullen Marais, and they combined for a decisive second wicket stand of 115.

Marais was then dismissed by FG Botha, who had the opener caught by Dakalo Leketa for 82. It was a valuable contribution, which took only 92 balls, and delivered 12 fours and two sixes.

De Wet nailed down his end until the 42nd over, when Leketa had him caught for 60, which had come from 105 balls, and included five fours and a six.

There were further useful innings from Ruben Maree, with 28, and Pieter Smit, with 21, which helped Grey College to 230/7 at the completion of their 50 overs.

Andrew Sobiech, who got rid of Kind, and then prevented Grey accelerating at the end of their innings by taking a further three wickets, finished with 4/48 from nine overs.

Off-spinner Dakalo Leketa, as always, was tight ‘n tidy, picking up 1/31 in 10.

The St Andrew’s reply got off to a good start, before Naudé Botha was caught by Ruben Maree off the bowling of Casper Troskie for a quickfire 22 from 17 balls, which featured four fours.

Saints passed the fifty-mark, but Jonathan Hickley, Botha’s opening partner, was then run out for 10. Meanwhile, FG Botha enjoyed the Grey bowling. He recorded the highest score of the St Andrew’s innings, striking 10 fours in his 49, from only 43 balls, before he was bowled by Daniel Hattingh.

It was Hattingh who also destroyed the home team’s middle order, while Darion Rabie kept them tied down. In 10 overs, Hattingh claimed 5/26, while Rabie contributed 1/21 in nine.

Only Andrew Sobiech and Dakala Leketo joined the top three batsmen in the order in double figures, just, and that meant that Saints were unable to mount any sort of challenge to Grey’s solid total.

Their innings finished in the 36th over, when JC Young was taken by Henru de Wet off Kamo Mokoena for five, leaving St Andrew’s all out for 140, and Grey College the winners by 90 runs.

Scores

Grey College 230/7 (Cullen Marais 82, Henru de Wet 60, Ruben Maree 28, Pieter Smit 21; Andrew Sobiech 4/48, Nikhil Sukraj 1/18); St Andrew’s School 140/10 (FG Botha 49, Naudé Botha 22; Daniel Hattingh 5/26, Kamo Mokoena 1/0) Grey College won by 90 runs.

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