03 March 2017


T50 over format


On Tuesday 28 February the u/15s had their first bite at a white ball day/night match when they played their Bishops fixture on the Frank Reid Oval at Bishops.  SACS won the prized toss and Nathan Ansell elected to bat first.  A bouncy track led to an early wicket; Ansell holing out for 2.  A slow start (23/1 by the 10th over) and slow middle session (80/3 by over 25) caused a few worries, but crucially, wickets remained in hand.  The team batted around opener Daniel Smith. Smith carried his bat, ending 84 n/o and he was ably assisted by Kai Curran (21), Robbie Baynham (21) and a vicious 17 not out by Keenan Dalwai.  SACS posted 172/5 in their 40 overs.

Bishops got off to a great start, scoring steadily and keeping wickets in tact.  They lost their first wicket on 43 in the 11th over; the break through by Anda Dilima. From the 11th until 25th over (76/3), the SACS boys strangled very well.  A few lusty blows by the Bishops number 6 swung advantage back in Bishops’ favour reducing the game to a run-a-ball situation. Skipper, Ansell gave the ball to his strike bowler, Dilima, who dominated the swinging batters. A bouncer and a (Kai Curran screamer) catch (in Dilima’s over), followed up by 3 beautiful yorkers by aforementioned Curran ended the match as a contest in the 32nd over; Bishops reeling at 117/8.  The home side were eventually dismissed for 118 in the 33rd (Curran: 3/17 in 5 overs; Dilima: 2/20 in 7 overs).

RESULT:  SACS win by 54 runs.

 On Saturday 4 March, we hosted Paul Roos Gimnasium, from Stellenbosch, for a 50-over encounter. They had just come off a convincing win against a strong Rondebosch, so we had a tough day ahead. Skipper Nathan Ansell won the toss and did not hesitate to ask PRG to bat first.  A steady start by the visitors set them up for a competitive total, but strikes by Dilima, Ansell and later on by Ozzie Welsh, slowed the innings considerably (20/0 in the 6th to 43/2 in the 17th to 73/3 in the 29th).  Some heavy hitting towards the end of the innings saw the PRG boys post a very defendable 138/9 on what was a difficult and deteriorating batting surface.      (Dilima: 3/27 in 9 overs; Welsh: 3/23 in 10 overs)

SACS could not have asked for a better start; a wonderful 65-run partnership by Daniel Smith and Nathan Ansell set up a solid foundation.  A middle order wobble threatened to derail the chase but Ansell and Raichman (and some helpful extras) put us back on track for what was to be a nail-biting finish.  At 131/4 in the 45th over, some careless batting had us staring awkwardness in the face when we were suddenly 134/6 in the final over. Sanity prevailed with Anda Dilima and Oscar Welsh getting us over the line (139/6 à N. Ansell: 51, D. Smith: 28).

RESULT: SACS win by 4 wickets.


  Wesley Landsdale and Lyndon Brandt


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