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Paul James powers Wynberg to stunning win over Boishaai

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

Wynberg Boys’ High 1st XI 2024

Wynberg Boys’ High kicked off the new school year with a statement victory over Paarl Boys’ High on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Saturday.

Thanks to Paul James, the hosts needed only one innings to post a winning total with the Wynberg bowlers pinning down the Paarl batsmen and restricting them to low totals in both their visits to the middle during their time cricket encounter.

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The home team’s bowlers worked efficiently as a group to keep the pressure on Boishaai throughout the match. Luke Kleinsmith (2/4), Ebrahim Fakir (2/12) and Michael Tarentaal (2/14) were at the forefront of the Wynberg attack as they dismissed Boishaai for a mere 63 in the visitors’ first innings.

Christiaan Wege and Aiden Batt did a great job of trying to keep Boishaai in the game. Between them, they dismissed nine Wynberg batsmen but, on a day that favoured the bowlers, it was Paul James’ mighty 92-run contribution that made the difference.

Thanks to his efforts, Wynberg more than doubled their opponents’ first innings total before Renaldo Windvogel finally brought it to an end.

Unfortunately for the team from Paarl, as had been the case in their first innings, they found the going tough the second time around. Xavier Garvs picked up a brace as Wynberg captured the five wickets they needed to bring the game to a close.

Earlier this year, at the Old Mutual Peninsula Festival, Wynberg showed glimpses of their potential, but their performance on Saturday underlined just how much of a factor they could be in 2024.

In a nail-biting affair in the northern suburbs, Stellenberg eked out a win away from home against Milnerton.

The hosts’ top-order crumbled to 10/4, with Lohann Pretorius spearheading the destruction, taking three wickets and bowling three maidens in his nine overs.

Stellenberg, however, also struggled at the crease, chasing only 96 runs for victory.

JJ Rothman‘s 18 runs were the most scored by a Stellenberg batsman, but everyone played a small part as they closed the gap, bit by bit.

In the end, it was left to their bowling kingpin Pretorius to deal the deal. He came in as the final Stellenberg batsman and faced 17 deliveries before scoring four runs to see his side to a thrilling win.

Despite D’Neill du Toit scoring 56 runs for DF Malan, the rest of his team struggled to find an answer for the Charlie Hofmeyr bowling attack. Keahan Alexander took four wickets for the team from Ceres, while Daniël Bakkes and Rossouw Matthee assisted with two wickets apiece.

Luan Giliomee smashed an unbeaten 64 as he and Phillip du Plessis drove Charlies over the line for a resounding victory.

Luca Jordaan (69) and Joshua Pretorius (55) both recorded half-centuries for Parel Vallei against the Paarl RPC. Christopher Hughes then ripped through the opposition’s batting lineup, capturing 5/16 to stop their run chase in its tracks.

Summarised Scorecards

Paarl Boys’ High first innings 63 (JJ van der Sandt 22; Luke Kleinsmith 2/4, Ebrahim Fakir 2/12, Michael Tarentaal 2/14); Wynberg Boys’ High first innings 171 (Paul James 92, Shadley Allie 21; Christiaan Wege 5/78, Aiden Batt 4/43): Paarl Boys’ High second innings 57/5 (Johan Wege 22; Xavier Garvs 2/1). Wynberg Boys’ High won by an innings and 51 runs. 

Milnerton 95 (Amr Williams 31, Abdus Aziz 22; Lohann Pretorius 3/22, Jan Jak Alberts 3/23); Stellenberg  97/9 (JJ Rothman 18; Abdus Aziz 3/13, Amr Williams 2/21). Stellenberg won by one wicket.

DF Malan 144 (D’Neill du Toit 56, Extras 23, Reuben Braxton 21; Keahan Alexander 4/24, Daniël Bakkes 2/19, Rossouw Mathee 2/26); Charlie Hofmeyr 145/4 (Luan Giliomee 64*, Philip du Plessis 27*; Eddie Fick 2/26). Charlie Hofmeyr won by six wickets.

Parel Vallei 264/9 (Luca Jordaan 69, Joshua Pretorius 55, Extras 53, Sevi Barlow 35, Josua Smit 26; Tylor la Douce 3/50, Jevohndré Jacobs 2/37); Paarl RPC 96 (Tylor la Douce 24; Christopher Hughes 5/16, Sibulele Makaleni 2/20). Parel Vallei won by 168 runs.

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