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Paul James stars as Wynberg down Bishops

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-29

Wynberg Boys’ High claimed a thrilling victory over Diocesan College on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Saturday, spurred on by the efforts of Paul James, who starred with bat and ball, to help his side overcome their peninsular rivals.

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The hosts won the toss and set about building a solid innings, or so they thought, but it didn’t begin in the manner they had hoped for as Tiaan Louw struck with the very first ball of the game for Diocesan College.

It wasn’t long before Matthew Brodziak took the first of his three wickets on the day, and at 5/2 Wynberg found themselves on the ropes.

However, their stalwart opener, Kyle Williams, showed immense patience as he withstood the Bishops’ attack to fulfil the anchor role. This allowed Paul James to lift the tempo. He hammered nine boundaries, on his way to 52, before he misjudged a delivery by Louw and was caught by Peyton Leigh for the hosts’ top score.

The rest of the Wynberg lineup batted at a steady pace, and the tail wagged to boost the home side to a respectable 246 all out.

Batting at eight, Jordan Nel contributed a valuable 45, while Yaseen Moos and Michail Tarentaal weighed in with a further 51 runs between them, which would prove vital later in the day as Bishops closed in on Wynberg total.

The visitors’ openers did a fine job up front, exercising patience as they set about establishing the foundation that the opposition never had. Adnaan Lagadien scored 61 off 108 deliveries and Kashief Joseph made 38 from 55.

Calum Daniels played well for his 47, but James bowled him and also removed Luke de Klerk to lead the home team’s bowlers with a return of 2/44.

Their patient start, however, quickly descended into panic as Diocesan College’s overs and wickets began to diminish.

Towards the end, in a frantic pursuit of runs, three players were run out. That proved pivotal. When Ishan Khan captured the final wicket in the penultimate over, Bishops found themselves still 23 runs short of victory.

In the weekend’s other southern suburbs’ showdown, Daniel Cooke drove Rondebosch Boys’ High to a convincing seven-wicket victory over SACS with an unbeaten innings of 61.

Raeeq Daniels shone with the ball for Bosch, picking up a five-for, while Graeme Englebrecht nabbed three sticks cheaply.

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Summarised scorecards:

Wynberg Boys’ High 246 (Paul James 52, Jordan Nel 45, Kyle Williams 34, Yaseen Moos 30, Michail Tarentaal 21*, Storme van Rooyen 20; Matthew Brodziak 3/56, Peyton Leigh 2/46, Tiaan Louw 2/46); Diocesan College 223 (Adnaan Lagadien 61, Calum Daniels 47, Kashief Joseph 38, Extras 24; Paul James 2/44). Boys’ High won by 23 runs.

SACS 134 (Oliver Whitehead 25, Rowan Taplin 25, Extras 25; Raeeq Daniels 5/34, Graeme Engelbrecht 3/16); Rondebosch Boys’ High 135/3 (Daniel Cooke 61*, Declan Gillespie 32; Oliver Whitehead 2/21). Rondebosch Boys’ High won by seven wickets.

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