21 January 2017
Venue: Lemoenkloof Field, Paarl
50 over format
SACS U15 A vs PAARL GIMNASIUM
True to form, Paarl provided a ripper of a hot day. SACS Captain, Nathan Ansell, won the toss and chose to bat on a good looking batting track. SACS lost an early wicket when Judd Raichman was caught off a leading edge. Nathan Ansell and Daniel Smith steadied the ship for a while until Smith (who was looking good) clipped one straight down the square leg’s throat, for 19. Next in was Kai Curran. Curran and Ansell played very well together producing some lovely shots whilst dealing with some decent bowling. Ansell was starting to build a big innings when a sweep went awry and he was trapped leg before for 23.
Robbie Baynham joined a destructive Kai Curran at a time that required a period of strike rotation to avoid stagnation. The two’s batting complemented each other very well with Baynham giving much of the strike to hard-hitting boundary hunter Curran. At lunch, SACS was in the 40th over and on 190. After a well-deserved break from the heat, the innings resumed. Two quick wickets by their spinner (Baynham, first ball after lunch for 27 and Ozzy Welsh shortly after) threatened to derail a great start. Matt Klusener joined Kai Curran, and successfully helped him to an excellent century which included 9 fours and 6 sixes. On 101, Curran played a tired shot to get caught. Klusener steadied another wobble hitting some lusty blows to get SACS to 250/8 in the allotted 50 overs.
The bowling attack, although a patch rusty, finished off as they did last year: aggressive and on target. The fielding was on point and very vocal with much ‘gees’. Gim were on the back foot almost immediately with a wicket in the fourth over; Benji Shirk getting the break through. Strangulating bowling by Shirk led to a run out in the eighth over, followed up with two wickets by accurate speedster, Anda Dilima. This broke the back of the home team’s chase. At 30/4 in the ninth over, things did not look good. Enter Captain Ansell, who really put a break on any prolific run scoring. His economical stint brought on some reckless shots by the Gim batters. Another two wickets in over 16 by Kai Curran, and regular wickets to the end of the innings had Paarl Gymnasium bowled out for 83 in the 24th over; victory by 167 runs.
The team, although happy with a good start to the season, felt that much hard work lay ahead to improve niggles that could prove costly in future games.
SACS: Won toss, batted first. 250/8 [50 overs]
Kai Curran: 101
Robbie Baynham: 27
Paarl Gimnasium: 83 all out [24th over]
- Anda Dilima: 2/27 in 6 overs
- Benji Shirk: 1/8 in 5 overs
- Kai Curran: 2/11 in 3 overs
- Nathan Ansell: 2/9 in 6 overs
SACS Win by 167 runs
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