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Thomas and Armstrong impressed with opening stand on first day of Fasken Time Cricket Festival

By Alex Ralston , in Cricket | News , at 2023-09-01

CORMEY VAN DER WATT (Paul Roos). PHOTO: Theo Garrun

The opening day of the annual Fasken St David’s Time Cricket Festival saw three centuries scored across the six matches, along with 15 half centuries.

Two of  those centuries belonged to Maritzburg Colleges’ openers Liam Armstrong (113 runs from 157 balls) and Caleb Thomas (166 runs from 155 balls). 

The two shared in an impressive opening stand of 250 runs from 286 balls, dominating the St David’s bowlers and putting their side in a strong position by assisting in putting on 359 after their first innings of 60 overs, opting not to declare.  

The third century was scored by Waterkloof’s number four Beukes Van Den Berg, who scored 127 runs from 126 balls which included 13 fours and four sixes.

Cormey Van Der Walt from Paul Roos fell short of making it four tons of the day by making a well-played 95.

On a bowling front the day saw only one fiver which belonged to St Andrew’s Dakalo Leketa who picked up figures 5/80 from 23 overs, the right-arm medium pacer bowled tight lines to restrict the St John’s College batsmen. He was supported by FG Botha who bowled well for his 4/10 from 3.1 overs. 

King Edward VII’s opening bowler Fayaaz Vawda picked up a crucial 4/34 from his 9 overs dismissing the Lions Invitational XI top order in quick succession leaving the side rattled at 3/10 in 7 overs. 

What stood out during the first day were the innovative and attacking fields set by the captains, with obvious plans getting thought out, as teams tried to outwit each other. Secondly were the rates at which batsmen were scoring their runs, aggressive yet selective in balls attacked. 

The first day kicked off with a special opening breakfast with teams, coaches, umpires, sponsors and honoured guests in attendance. 

St David’s skipper Matthew West, welcomed the opposition and traveling teams, he pointed out the need for players to remain respectful of each other during the course of the week and to play within the spirit of the game. 

Dave Nosworthy, the Director of Cricket at St Davids and the brains behind the Fasken Festival, highlighted the need for a tournament of this nature as it provides a good foundation for players to spend crucial time out in the middle gaining valuable lessons.

Former New Zealand Test player and Affies old boy, Kruger Van Wyk addressed the boys on the importance of working hard both on and off the field, sharing some of his personal experiences as a player and now coach.

The takeaway from his address was the value of education and the role it plays in the development of the young players. 

Breakfast was wrapped up with a speech by St David’s Headmaster Mike Thiel who highlighted the importance of time, referring back to the format of the Fasken Festival.

His message to  the players was that they should value their time and to enjoy the moments shared with their teammates out in the field. 

The morning was the perfect start to a festival of cricket with players getting welcomed and players getting introduced to the Purple Cap award, which sees one player from each team getting awarded the purple cap after the day’s play based on their opposition’s selection. 

With the pre-festival formalities out of the way, the boys went on their way with the excitement of facing four long hard days of cricket; all with the jubilance only found amongst young men ready to make unforgettable memories out on the playing field. 

Day 2 is set for an exciting day with teams looking to push for victories. 

Summarised Scorecards: 

Maritzburg College first innings: 359/3 from 60 overs (Caleb Thomas 166, Liam Armstrong 113, Extras: 13; Joshua Evens 1/14, Oliver Botha 1/59); St David’s Marist Inanda first innings: 218/8 from 53 overs (Matthew West 52, Kabir Bhattacharjee 51, Extras: 23; James Wiggill 2/17, Chad Mason 2/57). Maritzburg College lead by 141 runs.

Jeppe High School for Boys first innings: 175/10 from 42.1 overs (Kyle Jackson 72, Ryan Young 33, Extras: 29; Zach Williamson 3/10, Tim Saulez 2/18); Clifton College first innings: 161/10 from 61.5 overs (Alaok Beharie 50, Rivan Moodley 26, Extras: 9; Jayden Brooker 3/20, Tino Mutukwa 3/15). Jeppe lead by 14 runs.

Lions Invitational XI first innings: 220/10 from 59.3 overs (Henricus Meyer 72, Professor Mkhwanazi 54, Extras: 11; Fayaaz Vawda 4/34, Callum Ritchie 3/55); King Edward VII first innings: 191/7 from 51 overs (Zieg Roos 39, Stuart Faber 29, Extras: 16; Kamogelo Matji 2/50, Juan Minaar 1/27). Lions Invitational XI lead by 29 runs

Hoërskool Waterkloof first innings: 361/6 from 65 overs (Beukes Van Den Berg 127, Riley Miller 71, Divan Behrens 50, Extras: 26; Lhuan-Dre Pretorius 3/74); St Stithians College first innings: 191/7 from 51.3 overs (Pranav Raichetti 57*, Ayush Ramnarain 44, Extras: 3; Marcus Bakker 2/45, Wian Ruthben 2/24) Hoërskool Waterkloof lead by 70 runs.

St John’s College first innings: 290/10 from 61.1 overs (Thomas Levers 74, Nkosana B Sibiya 62, Luke Francis 62, Extras:14; Dakalo Leketa 5/80, FG Botha 4/10) St John’s College lead by 290 runs.

Hoërskool Noordheuwel first Innings: 158/10 from 47.2 overs (Corné Botha 53, Marius Penning 22, Extras: 10; Callum Appollis 4/22, Neil Barnard 2/41); Paul Roos first innings: 188/5 from 45 overs (Cormey Van Der Walt 95, Cornel Swart 50, Extras: 14; Sage Pretorius 2/38, Marius Penning 1/21) Paul Roos lead by 30 runs

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