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Rondebosch turn the tables in BishBosch declaration match

By Willem Louw , in Cricket | Featured Cricket | News , at 2024-03-03 Tags: , , ,

Rondebosch First XI, 2024 (Photo provided)

Rondebosch Boys’ High reclaimed the BishBosch bragging rights on Saturday with a spectacular victory over a Bishops Diocesan College side that has set the pace all season long.

Punishing the Bishops bowlers on the Frank Reid Oval, the visiting batsmen smashed a total of 32 boundaries, with 14 flying all the way for the maximum, as they posted a solid 267 all out in 62 overs.

Nathan Ball set Rondebosch on their way with a well-struck 40 off of 87 deliveries, despite early successes for Tiaan Louw and Waco Bassick, which restricted ‘Bosch to 21/2 in the early going.

Declan Gillespie joined Ball at the crease and their partnership bolstered the Rondebosch total by a further 109 runs before Bassick struck again.

Gillespie’s 77 runs from 87 balls gave his side the boost it needed to take control of the match, but it was Joshua Neill, batting at seven, who dealt a knockout blow to the home team.

He charged to 88 off only 75 deliveries, while blasting seven sixes along the way. When Louw finally sent Neill packing – his third wicket, which brought the innings to an end – Neill and co had amassed a healthy total to defend.

Bassick snared five wickets for 43 runs to lead the bowling figures for Bishops, as he and Louw have done throughout the season. The heavy hitters from Rondebosch, however, had put their side in a strong position as the hosts came out to bat.

Bishops’ outstanding opening pair, Adnaan Lagadien (44) and Kashief Joseph (25) gave the hosts a solid start but, when Tim Short removed both batsmen, a batting collapse followed.

Daniel Bosman (3/31) and Short each accounted for three Diocesan College batsmen, and Nathan Ball backed up his fine innings by taking two wickets without conceding a single run in four overs.

Hlumelo Mweba then trapped the final Bishops’ batsman in front with the first delivery of the 51st over to give Rondebosch Boys’ High a massive boost at the end of their season, with a sweet victory over their rivals, who have enjoyed a dream-season.

Meanwhile, Wynberg Boys’ High had to settle for a draw against SACS despite their captain, Beni Hansen (93) and Divan Linde (83) leading their team to an imposing 268/7.

SACS were on the ropes at 186/8 with six overs left to play, but failing light meant the match had to be abandoned before Luke Kleinsmith (3/24) and co could finish the job.

Summarised Scorecards

Rondebosch Boys’ High 267 (Joshua Neill 88, Declan Gillespie 77, Nathan Ball 40, David Simon 21; Waco Bassick 5/43, Tiaan Louw 3/61); Diocesan College 130 (Adnaan Lagadien 44, Kashief Joseph 25; Tim Short 3/23, Daniel Bosman 3/31, Nathan Ball 2/0). Rondebosch Boys’ High won by 137 runs.

Wynberg Boys’ High School 268/7 (Beni Hansen 93, Divan Linde 83, Michail Tarentaal 29; Nicholas Oscroft 4/47, Reece Theunis 2/66); SACS 186/8 (Keiron Bowers 40, Litha Kraai 38, Reece Theunis 27, Luke Whitehead 24, Reza Salie 24; Luke Kleinsmith 3/24, Divan Linde 2/23). Match drawn.

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