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Magnificent Manack and St David’s sink Rand Park High

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-01-25 Tags: ,

Armaan Manack’s memorable unbeaten century played a massive part in St David’s Marist’s comprehensive victory over Rand Park High School in a Johnny Waite T20 clash on Wednesday.

The opening batsman plundered 114 runs from only 65 deliveries. His innings included a whopping 15 boundaries, with 11 fours and four sixes.

At the same time, Matthew West provided some much-needed support after two wickets fell early on in quick succession to leave the side from Inanda in a bit of a pickle.

West’s 33, combined with Manack’s brilliance, gave St David’s a big total of 180/2 to defend.

The success of his team’s batsmen must have inspired Jordan Abraham because he tore through the Rand Park batting line-up. The second change bowler bagged five scalps at a cost of only 19 runs from his four overs.

Jordan Visagie (36) and JP Fourie (35) resisted. However, the pair seemed to be the only two Rand Park batsmen with any answers to the questions that Abraham was asking. Their valuable contributions weren’t sufficient to counter Manack’s and West’s knocks as Rand Park finished on 134/7 to suffer a 46-run defeat.

Jeppe High School for Boys dealt with Northcliff in impressive fashion. Jeppe have made a strong start to the year, and they will be a force to be reckoned with if they continue delivering the brand of cricket that has brought them early season success.

Their leg spin magician, Shreshth Kumar, was among the wickets again, returning the best figures for Jeppe on the day after sending three victims packing for 34 runs. Munib Ayob (2/10) and Luke Cannon (2/18) also played their part as Northcliff was restricted to only 123/9.

That total was mostly thanks to a wonderful knock by Alex Wiest, lower down the order. He elevated his side’s innings by blasting 60 runs from only 44 balls, which included four fours and four sixes.

Unfortunately for Northcliff, their struggles continued in the bowling department. Only Kieran Bradley managed to do any significant damage. His fine spell was rewarded with three wickets for 41 runs.

For Jeppe, openers Kai van Aard (36) and Tiago Almeida (23) put in most of the hard yards, combining well for a solid partnership of 58 runs for the first wicket. Ryan Young’s 32 and a good cameo from Aiden Reyneke in the latter part of the innings saw Jeppe comfortably secure a six-wicket victory.

Monument’s Joshua McCoy led the side from Krugersdorp to a closely contested three-wicket victory over Queens High School. McCoy’s 52 from 43 deliveries steadied the ship for Monnas as they chased down a victory target of 141 runs in the 18th over.

Mzwakhe Mkhwanazi (39) and Pranay Tailor (31), batting in the middle order, were the saving grace for the Queens’ innings. Their contributions enabled their side to post a competitive total.

Opening bowler Martin Willemse was the main contributor with the ball for Queens. He had Monument in early trouble, with his four-over spell resulting in three wickets at a cost of only 21 runs.

Ibrahim Haffejee (3/27), was the pick of the Monument bowlers, while Andre van Niekerk (2/16) and JD Landsberg (2/26) also made crucial breakthroughs to steer their side to a narrow victory.

King Edward School (KES) easily shrugged off Hoërskool Randburg in their fixture. A quick 45-run partnership between Tiaan Goosen (55) and Troy Gordon (47) set the Johannesburg side up for an intimidating total of 178/4 from their 20 overs.

It was then up to the bowlers to play their part and they did so in dominating fashion, restricting a struggling Randburg batting lineup to a meagre 79/8.

Zieg Roos was the pick of the bowlers, snaring two wickets for only 11 runs. He was well supported by Matthew Burgess (2/16) as KES powered their way to a lop-sided 99-run victory.

Summarised scoresheets 

St David’s Marist Inanda 180/2 (Armaan Manack 114*, Matthew West 33; Kyle Page 1/19); Rand Park High School 134/7 (Jordan Visagie 36, JP Fourie 35; Jordan Abraham 5/12). St David’s Marist won by 46 runs.

Northcliff 123/9 (Alex Wiest 60; Shreshth Kumar 3/34, Munid Ayob 2/10, Luke Cannon 2/18); Jeppe Boy’s 124/4 (Kai van Aardt 36, Ryan Young 32, Tiago Almeida 23, Aiden Reyneke 23; Kieran Bradley 3/41). Jeppe Boy’s won by six wickets.

Queens High School 140/9 (Mzwakhe Mkhawanzi 39, Pranay Tailor 31, Ibrahim Haffejee 3/27, Andre van Niekerk 2/16, JD Landsberg 2/26); Monument 146/7 (Joshua McCoy 52, Keagan van Wyk 22; Martin Willemse 3/21). Monument won by three wickets.

King Edward VII School 178/4 (Tiaan Goosen 55, Troy Gordon 47, Cameron Smith 34, Callum Ritchie 25; Tristan Nel 1/23); Hoërskool Randburg 78/9 (Zieg Roos 2/11, Matthew Burgess 2/16). KES won by 99 runs.

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